It’s not just Phuket that’s hosting a Seafood Festival to boost tourism – a Seafood Festival is happening in Pattaya! The festival, called “Squid Fair”, kicked off yesterday outside the Terminal 21 shopping center in Pattaya. Much like Phuket’s Roi Rim Lay and ‘Tastival’ festivals, Squid Fair aims to boost the local economy by bringing income to vendors. It will last until tomorrow (Sunday), May 1, and will close its last day with a performance by Thai singer Earth Pattawee.
With several well-known seafood vendors all gathered in one place in front of the popular shopping area, customers can enjoy a nice variety, especially a variety of squid. The vendors are decorated with Japanese ornaments. Organizations teaming up to host the squid fair are the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Pattaya Business and Tourism Association.
As Phuket and Pattaya have historically been major tourist spots in Thailand, officials in both regions have scrambled to find ways to revive their tourist economies disheveled by Covid-19 restrictions imposed by the Thai government. In Phuket, the authorities have this year organized 2 seafood festivals and an event with hot air balloons at Sarasin Bridge, connecting Phuket to the mainland.
Last month, Phuket Governor Narong said the provincial government would work with local government organizations to create 10,000 vacancies for minimum wage jobs. The vacancies, he said, would pay the minimum wage of 336 baht per day, for 20 days per month, and would last for four months. The total salary would be 6,720 baht per month. Narong said, “At least they will be able to feed themselves.”
Meanwhile in Pattaya, an entertainment official in Pattaya called on authorities last month to move venue closing times to 1 a.m. instead of 11 p.m. The official was the secretary of the Pattaya Association of Entertainment Venue Operators. It has partly succeeded with the new official closing time which has been changed to midnight from tomorrow May 1.
THE SOURCE: Pattaya News