Chon Buri Province: The Venue for the Fifth Mobile Cabinet Meeting (17/06/2012)
Chon Buri province in the East will be the venue for the fifth mobile Cabinet meeting under the Yingluck Shinawatra administration.

The meeting is scheduled for 18-19 June 2012 at the Royal Cliff Grand Hotel in Pattaya, the most famous beach resort in this province.

Less than 100 kilometers from Bangkok on the Bang Na – Trat Highway, Chon Buri is recognized as the gateway to various coastal provinces. It is noted for picturesque seaside destinations, cultural attractions, and entertainment facilities on Thailand’s eastern seaboard.

The province is the location of Laem Chabang Port, which is the 20th busiest port in the world. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will visit Laem Chabang on 18 June to inspect the operations of this port.

The per capita income of Chon Buri is 441,000 baht, the fifth highest in Thailand, after Rayong, Samut Sakhon, Ayutthaya, and Samut Prakan. Chon Buri earns 76.5 billion baht in tourism income each year. The amount accounts for 10.4 percent of Thailand’s annual tourism income of 734.6 billion baht. Statistics in 2011 show that Chon Buri welcomed over eight million visitors, mainly from Russia, China, Germany, Taiwan, and India.

The population of Chon Buri is 1.34 million, with more than 706,000 households. There are 12 state hospitals, 11 private hospitals, 120 health stations, and 15 public health centers. Chon Buri is also home to 3,841 factories; 739 are located in five industrial estates and 3,102 outside the industrial estates.

The province has set a vision to become a more livable city and a modern port city, serving as a gateway to the global economy. It also aims to become an environment-friendly industrial base, an agricultural production zone with international standards, and a prime international tourism destination, with a sustainable ecological system and natural resources.

The Pattaya beach resort has city status. Once a tiny village, the city has developed into a renowned international playground. It provides fine spots for swimming and relaxation. But the emphasis of Pattaya is more on activity than relaxation. It offers a variety of water sports, such as sailing, windsurfing, scuba driving, deep-sea fishing, and water-skiing. Moreover, it is an excellent choice of land-based activities, ranging from golf to horse riding.

Only 45 kilometers from Pattaya, U-tapao airport is equipped with facilities to handle charter flights from overseas. Bangkok Airways operates aviation services carrying passengers from U-tapao to Samui Island in Surat Thani and to the island of Phuket in the South.

Chon Buri province is ready to serve as the venue for the upcoming mobile Cabinet meeting on 18-19 June.

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