Thailand Investing Heavily in Public Infrastructure
Thailand is investing heavily in bringing its infrastructure up to par with some of the other major Asian countries and indeed the construction market alone spent in the region of US$41.4 billion, according to corporate strategy consulting firm Solidiance.
The fact that so much has been and spent and continues to be spent, bodes well for the future.
With so many new buildings and infrastructures being amassed throughout the Kingdom, particularly in the capital Bangkok and tourist hotspots such as Pattaya and Phuket, it would indicate that 2017 has also been a busy year and much the same is expect in 2018 and beyond.
Throughout the country, the number of buildings is increasing at a rate of 1.4% per year on average. When you consider cities like Pattaya and Phuket where tourist numbers are increasing at fantastic rates, that figure would be dwarfed, perhaps ten times that in some years. These are cities that are thriving thanks to the large Chinese and Indian markets.
Of course, it is not just buildings that need to be created. There needs to be improved road links, sewerage as well as improvements to electric and water supplies. This sort of funding needs to come primarily from the public sector although it has been noted that investment from the private sector has been forthcoming. The breakdown of the figures is hard to qualify, the only figures available are for the construction sector overall.
Indeed of the aforementioned US$41.4 billion spent on CONSTRUCTION, US$23.4 billion can be traced back to the public sector. Much of this is said to have been spent on improving the country’s transportation links, although exactly how much, again it is hard to quantify.
In the Pattaya area, there have been significant movements in infrastructure. The airport at U-Tapao is now a genuine international airport capable of welcoming thousands of visitors from overseas. The number of flights is increasing on an almost monthly basis and the obvious benefactor is Pattaya and the surrounding industrial estates.
In fact, the government has already approved the development of the Eastern Economic Corridor, something that is aimed strengthening Thailand’s position in ASEAN. This once again involves major improvements to infrastructure including sea and rail links.
Naturally, all the people working in this area will need places to live and it seems very reasonable to think that Pattaya would be ideal place for expats. This goes to explain just why there have been such large sums spent on building condos and housing.
This when coupled with the ever expanding tourist market suggests that Pattaya has a very bright future.
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