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Pattaya booze ban stays, operators peeved

PATTAYA: Local tourism operators in Pattaya are upset that the popular resort city has been left off a short list of places where alcohol sales will be allowed in restaurants starting on Monday (Nov 1).

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By Bangkok Post

Saturday 30 October 2021, 01:34PM


Pattaya is hoping to see throngs of visitors once again, but tourism operators say continuing the alcohol ban could make the city less attractive. Photo: Bangkok Post / file

Pattaya is hoping to see throngs of visitors once again, but tourism operators say continuing the alcohol ban could make the city less attractive. Photo: Bangkok Post / file

Pattaya deserves to be included in a four-province cluster where restaurants will have permission to sell alcoholic beverages to patrons, said Boon-anant Pattanasin, president of the Pattaya Business and Tourism Association, reports the Bangkok Post.

He made the comment after the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) announced yesterday that that eateries in Bangkok, Krabi, Phang Nga and Phuket [sic] would be the only places allowed to sell beer, wine and the like from Monday in line with the reopening of the country to travellers.

Of note, the sale and consumption of alcohol in restaurants and other ‘eateries’ in Phuket has been allowed since Oct 1.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has said that authorities hope to be able to allow alcohol sales in restaurants and other venues nationwide from Dec 1, as the country gears up for the year-end festive season.

Pattaya risked losing an edge to compete with other tourism provinces, even though the city is among the leading destinations in the country for foreigners, Mr Boon-anant said.

He said COVID cases in Pattaya were fewer than Bangkok but the alcohol ban was being lifted in the capital. The spread of the virus in Chon Buri province also tended to be concentrated in factory clusters outside Pattaya, he added.

Chon Buri on Friday reported 382 new cases, the provincial public health office reported. Sri Racha district had the most new infections with 90, while Bang Lamung, where Pattaya is located, logged 48.

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Chas1 | 31 October 2021 - 14:55:40

While the bars remain closed I think the powers that be will find the huge numbers they expect to return will be much less, people coming on holiday want to be able to stop for a beer where and when they want, I can see Vietnam and Cambodia being more popular destinations.

Kurt | 30 October 2021 - 14:29:35

When the entertainment girls & boys fully 'open', than it sounds strange that a alcohol ban remains. Where is the normal logic? Alcohol ban is just for satisfying Officialdom who likes to be on top of people with obedience training. It is just a 'who is the boss show'.

 

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