Sydictive Element CEO Jirat Petnunthawong, together with Sydictive representative Sakdadech Panumas met with Patong Mayor Pian Keesin this morning.
After around two hours, they emerged from the meeting room, with Mr Jirat seeming confident about the party plans, which are expected to be fully detailed by tomorrow morning.
“The municipality is pleased to support us,” Mr Jirat said, despite yesterday deputy mayor Chairat Sukban saying there was no way the beach would be blocked off because it is a public area.
“He (Mr Pian) wants our country to have this kind of big event because it will promote a good image. Everyone from around the world is looking at us. We have 1,500 guards to take care of our guests.”
He said there were two options for the party – either to hold it at Phuket Graceland Resort and Spa, or at Loma Park. The free New Year’s Eve party, organised by Thai Beverage and already confirmed for Patong Beach, may either be moved or combined with the Sydictive party.
“There are almost 20,000 tickets sold, that is more than what I estimated,” Mr Jirat said.
He said they planned to block off 800 metres of Patong Beach, the same size area they would have cordoned off in Surin. However, holding the party in Patong means there will still be plenty of beach remaining, Mr Jirat said.
Mr Jirat said the company had been given full approval for the party at Surin Beach, with every department concerned approving the event.
“The vendors and local people in the area agreed with us, and I have more than 400 signatures from people in favour of the agreement [for the party in Surin].”
Three barges, one of which of which will be the stage and the other two VIP barges, were complete and the other items, such as sound equipment, is due to arrive tomorrow.
“I would like to see Thailand as a hub of music festivals like Singapore. It will be very good for the image of Thailand and also attract more tourists,” said Mr Jirat.