Thursday, October 27, 2011

Pattaya hotel rooms nearly full

Bangkok Post

People who rushed out of Bangkok to look for a refuge from flooding have found it difficult to find a room for rent in the resort town of Pattaya as nearly all of the rooms available have been occupied.

About 70-80 per cent of hotel rooms available in Pattaya have been occupied by tourists from Russia and Europe, leaving not many left for those who fled flooding from Bangkok.

Patcharin Sawetrat, assistant director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand's Pattaya office, said most of the hotels were now more than 85 per cent occupied.

For some 1,000 rooms still unoccupied, the hotels agreed to TAT's request for them to reduce the room rate by 50-70 per cent to enable the people from Bangkok to stay from two weeks to one month.

Mrs Patcharin said there were still rooms available at condominiums, houses for rent, serviced apartments, and guesthouses. However, most of them prefer to lease their rooms with monthly or yearly contracts.

Most of the flood refugees wanted to stay for only two weeks to one month, she said.
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