AFTER suffering during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic Pratunam market has now bounced back as crowds of both Thai and foreign tourists swarm in, INN News said today (May 3).
With the relaxation of Covid control measures since the beginning of May, sales at both Pratunam’s department stores such as Krung Thong Plaza and City Complex Pratunam and various shops and stalls have soared with the atmosphere again cheerful.
Some store owners said now that sales are recovering and their income gradually climbing higher they would be able to bring new products for their customers to select.
Pratunam is well known among foreign tourists as the place to shop for fashionable clothes at low prices. Most outlets offer to sell three set of clothes at wholesale price but those buying only one or two outfits have to pay a different retail price.
Meanwhile Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said the full reopening of the country has been well received by foreign tourists with arrivals at Suvarnabhumi Airport increasing continuously.
It is now likely that Thailand will be able to reach its target of drawing 7-10 million tourists this year who would generate 1.15-1.5 trillion baht in revenue.
Phiphat is confident that the country will be able to draw 3 million tourists during June to September with the total rising above 1 million a month in the high season.
Shoppers at Pratunam market today. Photos: INN News