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Hotels boss backs Lisa and Bocelli gig

PHUKET: The invitation to bring K-pop sensation Lalisa “Lisa” Manoban of Blackpink to the New Year celebration in Phuket is worth the investment to help promote tourism, a senior Thai Hotels Association official said yesterday (Oct 27).

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By Bangkok Post

Thursday 28 October 2021, 09:35AM


Lisa: To perform at New Year’s Eve event. Photo: Bangkok Post

Lisa: To perform at New Year’s Eve event. Photo: Bangkok Post

Besides Lisa, the Tourism and Sports Ministry has also hired Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli to perform at the countdown event in Phuket and their bookings have already been confirmed, said Kongsak Khoopongsakorn, president of the association’s southern chapter.

“I think spending B200-300 million to hire Lisa is worth the investment as it will attract thousands of Thai and international tourists who will each spend at least B20,000-30,000 baht in Phuket and spur the economy,” he said.

The event was originally planned to take place at Sarasin Bridge, but because the venue was small, a larger place that can accommodate up to 20,000 people will be chosen instead, he added.

He also said that around 1,200 hotels in Phuket have said they would have up to 70,000 rooms ready for visitors when the government’s tourism reopening plan kicks off on Monday (Nov 1), reports the Bangkok Post.

Due to the easing of measures in Phuket, about 300,000 tourists, including day-trippers, were expected in October and about 400,000 next month, he added.

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Previously, about 40,000 tourists would visit Phuket each day, compared with the current 700 foreign visitors under its sandbox scheme.

In Chiang Mai, provincial governor Prachon Pratsakul expressed his readiness to launch pilot projects in four districts to welcome international tourists from 46 low-risk countries on Nov 1. The districts are Muang, Mae Rim, Mae Taeng and Doi Tao.

Mr Prachon said the province has stepped up efforts to combat COVID-19 and 1,082 Safety and Health Administration (SHA)-certified businesses in the hospitality sector were ready to reopen, together with 215 hotels that passed SHA-plus certification. Only 58.4% of the population has received a first vaccine dose, so the province will expedite efforts to reach the 70% goal by next Monday, he added.

The infection rate in Chiang Mai is decreasing with only 270 new cases recorded yesterday.

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Fascinated | 28 October 2021 - 16:58:53

555,she's NOT coming- what a gaffe. Shot in the foot yet again.

Kurt | 28 October 2021 - 16:14:24

The thousands of  jobless Thai, not sufficient supported by Thai Government to grand them daily food on the table, for sure are not interested in live Lisa and Bocelli performance. Have seen them already many times on tv. Only those without brains  will mingle in a watching mass groups to catch Covid-19. If they have the money for the tickets.

Kurt | 28 October 2021 - 16:06:16

Crazy thinking that foreign tourists will travel half the world, come to Thailand just to enjoy performing of 'Lisa' and 'Bocelli', as they can see them in their own western countries in beautiful theaters. Reality thinking here on Phuket and among Officials involved is totally absent. Quite humoristic.

Nasa12 | 28 October 2021 - 15:13:17

Well well right now Lisa’s management tell to Thailand she don’t coming. 

ematt | 28 October 2021 - 12:43:47

John C, so they didn’t consult you first, then??

Fascinated | 28 October 2021 - 12:08:39

I see the magic calculator is being passed around again. 'Thousands spending 20-30k'- get real. They are all assuming she is coming- if she doesn't will all these 'thousands' get refunds for being duped- of course not. Her booking has not actually been confirmed as yet- they are blowing smoke. Follow the money.

JohnC | 28 October 2021 - 10:11:52

Somebody high up must be getting a damn good cut of the ridiculous amount of money you are prepared to pay for a talentless pop child who will be a nobody in another year or two. Old habits die hard, too much money at stake to care whethe she has any following or not outside of children and teenagers. Is Phuket's NY aimed at those too young to even be allowed to drink alcohol?

 

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