Business owners around Pattaya City are voicing their concerns over the current political unrest which is gripping Thailand and the potential negative impact it will have on tourist numbers over the High Season.
As the festive season is only days away in Pattaya, which is traditionally the busiest time in the city, the streets have been noticeably quiet with many bars and shopping centers reporting reduced trade, especially from foreign tourists.
Many political commentators are suggesting that the dissolving of Parliament in Thailand and reports of a snap election, will not solve any of the current issues, as many predict a comfortable win for the Pheu Thai Political Party which will be spearheaded by Yingluck Shinawatra who is likely to be re-installed as Prime Minister should her party win.
Pattaya business owners are concerned that continuing unrest will lead to holiday cancellations by foreign tourists, despite favorable foreign exchange rates and an economic recovery from years of recession which is taking place in many countries at the moment.
Pattaya itself has been largely unaffected by the political unrest despite its proximity to the Thai Capital and many hotels are still reporting high occupancy rates over the coming months so many of the concerns voiced by those conducting business in Pattaya may well come to nothing.