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Pattaya encourages Chinese to overcome coronavirus crisis

Feb 03. 2020
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By The Nation

Representatives from both the government and private sectors, including citizens in Pattaya, banded together at Pattaya City Hall today (February 3) to encourage Chinese people to overcome the coronavirus crisis.

They conveyed the message, “We are representative of Pattaya people. We wish all Chinese people will overcome this crisis. We encourage you and we will fight together.” 

They also shouted, “Zhōng guó Jiā yóu (中国 加油)”, which means “China, don’t give up” in an attempt to cheer up Chinese people.

Pattaya Mayor Sonthaya Khunpluem said the spreading coronavirus is affecting people worldwide in terms of disease, economy, and tourism.

“Each year, three million Chinese tourists among 18 million tourists worldwide have visited Pattaya,” he said. “The participation of all sectors in this event aims to encourage Chinese people to overcome this crisis and also shows that Pattaya City has measures in place to tackle this problem for all tourists.”

The World Health Organisation has announced the coronavirus epidemic as an international public health emergency as the number of people killed increases day by day, while infected people have been found in 18 countries.

The virus outbreak has hit domestic tourism, especially at Nongnooch Garden, which was seeing 3,000-4,000 visitors a day.

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