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Opening hours for entertainment venues to be revised

Opening hours for entertainment venues to be revised

BUSINESS: The Tourism and Sports Minister is planning to propose new opening hours for entertainment venues, allowing them to open until 4am to revitalise tourism sentiment during the upcoming high season.

By Bangkok Post

Sunday 7 August 2022, 10:00AM

Bustling scenes return to Sukhumvit Soi Nana in Bangkok. Photo: Arnun Chonmahatrakool

Bustling scenes return to Sukhumvit Soi Nana in Bangkok. Photo: Arnun Chonmahatrakool

Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said the extended hours will be designated to tourism-driven economic zones to avoid creating discontent among local communities, reports the Bangkok Post.

“We already asked each provincial governor to study the economic and social impacts as well as the necessity of extending operational hours,” said Mr Phiphat.

He said not every area in a province would be allowed to follow this as the government would only concentrate on areas which mainly focus on international tourists.

For instance, Thong Lor and Ekamai in Bangkok might not be included as these areas are better known among local partygoers, but Khao San Road might be able to take part as it is a well-known centre for foreign travellers.

In Phuket, certain areas, such as Bangla Rd which is already famous for its nightlife, might be allowed to benefit from the extended opening hours.

Mr Phiphat said Thailand still has to work hard to bring in 1.5 million tourists per month from October to December, which would be a 50% increase from the current rate of 1mn tourists per month.

He said it will propose this agenda to the meeting of the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) in September once the Apec Tourism Ministers Meeting 2022, which runs from Aug 14-20, has concluded.

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Mr Phiphat said the Apec Tourism Ministers Meeting will be organised under a concept called “Regenerative Tourism” which highlights sustainable recovery of tourism.

The meeting will include tourism ministers from 21 countries and economic zones, with at least 300 participants.

Besides the ministerial meeting, the Tourism Ministry will also hold an academic seminar and familiarisation trips to Talad Not in Charoen Krung and Sampran district in Nakhon Pathom to showcase the bio-circular-green (BCG) economic model.

Sustainable recovery prioritises the impact of tourism on the environment, culture and folk wisdom and identifies methodologies to balance demand and supply in each of the areas.

Mr Phiphat said next year Thailand will introduce low carbon destinations for the first time.

Khao Lak and Koh Kho Khao in Phangnga are set to be a pilot project as the Prince of Songkla University is conducting a feasibility study of the project.

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Kurt | 12 August 2022 - 14:02:43

@Capricornball: Very well commented!  I 100% agree with you. There is so much hypocrisy among Thai Government depts. playing ostrich, while they known reality very well.

christysweet | 12 August 2022 - 11:57:02

Agree! Thailand needs to capitalize  on its reputation as a sex tourism destination. Why  attempt to hide it? People wanting sex is  the most natural thing in the world- WORK IT !! Ruch folks can go to fab EU destinations and afford  the high priced  sex workers.

Capricornball | 12 August 2022 - 10:19:07

Forget the "eco-" and "sustainable" blah-di-blah...Thailand isn't ready for it, as much of the population still hasn't committed to using trash cans, sewage treatment, or refraining from filling in wetlands and floodplains to build crappy resorts with no character. 

Capricornball | 12 August 2022 - 10:15:22

After all the talk of shifting towards wealthy "quality" tourists, officials seem to be coming to terms with the reality that Thailand is, and always will be famous for being an international hub of sex-based tourism. When they speak of "entertainment areas", they are really speaking of prostitution venues, as that is exactly what Khao San and Bangla Roads are. 

Capt B | 11 August 2022 - 01:09:32

Maybe they should all close @ 6pm. Far too many swords, guns, knifes & meth amphetamine on Phuket's streets already due to criminal Thai elements & poor police enforcement of these problems making Phuket a terrible place to bring up children.

Kurt | 09 August 2022 - 09:51:05

Extending opening hours will be a disaster for RTP, great for venue operators. More profit making, less brown envelopes needed for RTP. How longer business hours stops corruption. Is itn't great?

megamind | 08 August 2022 - 12:44:30

Finally one good idea. Maybe who got money under the table to let all the venues to remain open till late won't be so happy. Is the starting step to stop corruption.

Kurt | 07 August 2022 - 12:16:37

Quite funny. Areas for local partygoers keep present closing time. Infamous areas for low quality foreign tourists open till 4am? How wil mr Phipats 'hard work' thinking works out with sky rockening flight ticket prices? Many european households have financial problems to meet end of the month. They have holidays 'home' or nearby around. Total absence of global reality understandin...


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