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Lisa, Bocelli asked to join Thai countdowns

Lisa, Bocelli asked to join Thai countdowns

BANGKOK: Thailand has planned to spend B200 million to ask Thai-born Lalisa “Lisa” Manoban of the Korea-based Blackpink girl group and Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli to join New Year countdowns in Phuket and Bangkok to help promote tourism.

By Bangkok Post

Friday 15 October 2021, 03:05PM

Thai-born Lalisa “Lisa” Manoban. Photo: Bangkok Post / Screen capture from Lalisa music video

Thai-born Lalisa “Lisa” Manoban. Photo: Bangkok Post / Screen capture from Lalisa music video

Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn told the Inside Thailand news programme yesterday (Oct 14) that a Thai agency was acting as the coordinator for the appearances of the two artists, reports the Bangkok Post.

He did not give the breakdown of the budget but said the amount for Bocelli was slightly higher.

The confirmation followed the worldwide success of Lisa’s solo debut LaLisa, which attracted millions of views hours after its debut on YouTube. It later officially took the Guinness World Record title for the most viewed YouTube music video by a solo artist in 24 hours with 73.6 million views. It logged almost 270mn views yesterday, 34 days after the launch.

If the deal is successful, Mr Phiphat said Lisa would be asked to join the countdown in Phuket. The event will be held on Sarasin Bridge connecting the resort island with Phangnga province so people in both places can easily join, he added.

Bocelli will perform in Bangkok but the place has not yet been finalised, he said.

Internal - Phuket Live Radio 89.5

“We may ask City Hall if it’s possible to hold the event at Sanam Laung with the Grand Palace as the background. We think it will look magnificent,” Mr Phiphat said.

The budget for organising the two events will be around B400-500mn and the private sector can join as sponsors.

Mr Phiphat said Lisa was invited because she inspired young people. “She has proved she could rise to fame by taking the right path, without involvement in drugs."

The events aim to attract both Thais and foreigners to celebrate the reopening of Thailand after New Year countdowns were cancelled for two consecutive years due to COVID-19, the minister from the Bhumjaithai Party said.

“We also hope to attract more visitors from Asean countries since we believe Lisa has a large fan club there,” he added.

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lelecuneo | 17 October 2021 - 09:47:02

hey Cacca  man... are you happy now that you can go to your reguar go go again?  be carefull you might get gonnorea again..LOL ...if you consider this Gov a legit one you are what you are..i sorry for you

DeKaaskopp | 16 October 2021 - 15:51:41

@Leleconjo   Bocelli"s good reputation ?  He gave concerts in Russia or China to name only a few countries for example with a questionable leadership ! So why shouldn't he play in Thailand ? Do a better research next time or keep looking for unauthorized places selling alcohol !

CaptainJack69 | 16 October 2021 - 13:32:05

By way of coincidence today is the UN's "World Food Day" where they seek to highlight the plight of the  nearly 1 billion people worldwide who go to bed hungry every night. COVID has made that problem much worse and brought it right onto our doorsteps in Thailand and especially here on Phuket. And they're offering some vein Tik-toker 200 million for 1 nights work? Delusional.

Kamala Pete | 16 October 2021 - 11:36:28

So - rather than feeding poverty stricken Thais we'll have a super-spreader event which will see thousands of drunks heading home from the bridge at 1am. Unbelievable.

JohnC | 16 October 2021 - 09:25:27

Well done Thailand. You have succeeded in turning me and many many others away from any new year celebrations if this is your idea of how to help the people in need.

lelecuneo | 16 October 2021 - 08:14:27

i would not be surprice Boccelli will refuse it... he do not need the money and been associated with a Military dictatorship would hurt his great a country where not even free speech is allowed...why the hell would he need to come here ??? 

Kurt | 15 October 2021 - 19:20:16

A shame full thing. 600 Million, 2 concerts BKK/Phuket. Jobless Phuket people, not know how much food they can have today. Depend on cheap food bags  from self contented Thai 'merit' doingers. Lucky wise  much food help from many foreigners living on Phuket. The heartless Thai Government spend 300 million on 1 concert on Phuket ignoring basic living necessities here for their own.

Fascinated | 15 October 2021 - 18:55:56

Millions to be spent on fluff whilst people up north are under water- what a disgrace. All so 'impotent' people can get selfies with 'stars' . 400-500m- who is going to audit this golden goose if it actually happens?

tamvong | 15 October 2021 - 15:38:27

How the hell is this going to promote tourism? And is it 200m or 600m as reported in the Bangkok Post? Either way it's a ridiculous waste of money given how many Thais are suffering from the pandemic.

Nasa12 | 15 October 2021 - 15:14:33

It’s this the best way to spend tax money? The government tries to buy people happiness for a couple of hours and hopefully results in more votes in the future with the tax money. Shame on them. It’s better to spend 500M to help the poor and underprivileged. The effects will last much longer.


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