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Patong entertainment president pleas for government assistance

Patong entertainment president pleas for government assistance

PHUKET: While the pubs and bars along Bangla Road in Patong yesterday were readying to open their doors for the first time since Phuket went under lockdown in early April, key figures in Patong’s nightlife industry were presenting to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Tourism in Bangkok an official request for assistance to help nightlife venue owners in Patong.

By Tanyaluk Sakoot

Thursday 2 July 2020, 04:28PM

The formal request for assistance was present in Bangkok yesterday (July 1). Photo: Supplied

The formal request for assistance was present in Bangkok yesterday (July 1). Photo: Supplied

Patong Entertainment Business Association (PEBA) President Weerawit Kreuasombat along with Preechavude “Prab” Keesin, head of the Pisona Group of companies, presented the request in person.

The request asked the committee for the government to provide free water and electricity to suffering business owners to help alleviate basic operating costs, to assist with negotiations with landlords to provide rent relief and for the government to provide SME loans for stricken businesses in Patong.

The request also is to ask to extend the nightly closing time from midnight to 4am, and for the government to help provide equipment necessary for small Patong businesses to check for possible COVID-19 infection among their customers.

All nightlife venues currently must close at midnight.

The letter specifically requested that the government provide assistance with the following:

  1. Assist negotiations for land rents, so that land rents are mainly based on the impact on people, not just abiding by the contract.
  2. Suspend or exempt electricity and water fees for the first three months of reopening.
  3. Exempt taxes for businesses that operate entertainment venues.
  4. Provide more assistance to entertainment venue staffers affected by the economic crisis.
  5. Extend the closing time for entertainment venues to 4am.
  6. Promote Patong as a “Mice Tourism City and Sport Tourism City” to attract tourists throughout the whole year.
  7. Set up a fund for economic development for SMEs (small- to medium-sized enterprises) in Patong.
  8. Install body temperature scanners at the entrances and exits of entertainment venues in order to boost  tourists’ confidence in visiting the venues in Patong.

“The request presentation to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Tourism was held at 1pm yesterday. It went very well,” Mr Weerawit told The Phuket News today (July 2).

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“Phuket MP Nattee Thinsakhu was also there for the presentation. He also formally received this same request, and he promised that he would push this request to be handled quickly by the government,” Mr Weerawit said.

"We met with Sereepisuth Temeeyaves, leader of the opposition Seri Ruam Thai Party, and he also promised that he would support to push this request too,” he added.

"I will follow up with them next week,” Mr Weerawit said.

Meanwhile, Mr Weerawit today confirmed that he had still yet to see a full list of the health rules that all entertainment venues are to enforce in order to remain open.

However, he added that in recent days that has not been the focus of his attention.

“Yesterday, I focused only on the request, not the health rules. We [PEBA] still have not been involved in any discussions about the new rules, and I have not yet seen any official order for which rules must be applied,” Mr Weerawit said.

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Capricornball | 03 July 2020 - 11:16:55

The same blowhards looking out for themselves.  These are probably some of the wealthiest people in Phuket, and they've had their success on the backs of poor women that have sold their souls to eke out a living so they can send something back to the north for the families.  These clowns deserve NOTHING, including the approval to reopen their dens of vice prematurely.

Timothy | 03 July 2020 - 09:27:16

These guys have been ripping people off for years with their scams and touts. Overpriced beers and watered down drinks. They previously mentioned the amounts that bars were supposedly "losing" per day.....much more than most Thai's earn in a year.  So sad these pimps are not making enough money to pay for all the luxury items they are used too. I'm sure the taxpayers would love t...

Fascinated | 02 July 2020 - 19:08:38

'Suffering Businessmen' my backside. They've profited for years  why should the Gov't bail them out for over-extending themselves.  Greedy landlords could drop their outrageous rents would be a start. I see they are trying yet again to squeeze the 4am extension in. Absolutely pointless- there's NO ONE here!


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