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Soi Bangla to be proposed as sole 4am nightlife closing zone in Thailand

Soi Bangla to be proposed as sole 4am nightlife closing zone in Thailand

BANGKOK: The Tourism and Sports Ministry is proposing only one pilot area, Bangla Walking Street in Patong, to extend operating hours of nighttime entertainment venues until 4am after previous proposals were rejected by the Public Health Ministry.

By Bangkok Post

Thursday 22 December 2022, 05:52PM

Staff from Bangla nightlife venues join the street party during the ‘Phuket Carnival at Patong’ festival last weekend. Photo: Patong Municipality

Staff from Bangla nightlife venues join the street party during the ‘Phuket Carnival at Patong’ festival last weekend. Photo: Patong Municipality

The proposal was cut to one area from multiple locations, with the ministry hoping the Cabinet would consider this issue at its meeting held on Tuesday (Dec 20), reports the Bangkok Post.**

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Committee last month dismissed a proposal to extend the period of alcohol sales, citing its study that forecast road accidents would increase by 27% and the number of road fatalities would rise by 10-20 per day if this measure is allowed.

Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said the ministry agreed to reduce the pilot areas to only Bangla Walking Street in Phuket, which is famous for its night entertainment and should be ready to adopt the new opening hours without any obstacles as the majority of guests are foreigners.

He said the ministry needs only six months to prove that extending hours could help increase revenue by 25%. If the Bangla test is successful over the six-month period, more locations will be submitted for consideration, said Mr Phiphat.

"As the government set the 2023 tourism revenue target at 80% of the 2019 level, but the arrivals target at only 50% of the 2019 level, we should have an attractive mechanism to boost spending per person," he said.

"Night entertainment is the only promising choice we have at the moment."

Mr Phiphat said this proposal is backed by economic studies at Bangla, which found tourists usually spent the most during late-night hours, which could help stimulate spending by at least 25%.

He acknowledged the concerns raised by the Public Health Ministry, but said the tourism industry still needs assistance amid intense competition next year, with this measure the most effective way to rapidly earn income.

The cabinet meeting on Tuesday is also scheduled to consider other tourism stimulus packages, including a new phase of the "We Travel Together" subsidy campaign and marketing stimulus packages formerly known as "Booster Shots" worth a combined 8.7 billion baht.

The new phase of We Travel Together is expected to generate 33 billion baht for the local economy, while the stimulus packages are projected to help achieve the target of 2.4 trillion baht in tourism revenue next year.

** NOTE: The official Cabinet minutes for Tuesday (Dec 20), made no mention of the proposal.


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JSombra | 27 December 2022 - 15:13:58

Small note about the picture "Staff from Bangla nightlife venues " that is all OTOP bars shown not Bangla bar staff..even thier signs say that

Capricornball | 23 December 2022 - 11:17:11

"Economic Studies on Bangla"? Must be studies conducted by Prab and his cronies before he flew up to BKK to treat his lackies to an extravagant week of wining and dining (with the ladies too, of course). I would imagine that upon leaving, Prab blessed the appropriate BKK officials with nicely stuffed envelopes for their holiday season. All dirty business.

Kurt | 23 December 2022 - 09:59:52

Fascinated, answer is simple. Bangla is managed by powerful rich influential, he also travels to Bangkok, has direct access to Ministers/influential solidair Hi-So's. A thai friend once said: "Thai people are the nicest people you can buy for money". Guess it's just RTP that blocks extending hours. A large part of side income will be lost when illegal hours become legal.

Kurt | 23 December 2022 - 08:11:50

Mr Phiphat really thinks that longer openings hrs Bangla Rd bring the revenues from 50% ( of what it was in 2019) to 80% ? Most foreign tourists come here on budget. At home are energy prices sky high. And, as predicted, airtickets now very expensive. Bangla Rd as a 'attractive mechanism'? Hahaha

Fascinated | 22 December 2022 - 22:47:25

STILL waiting for an answer as to why Bangla is different to Bangkok, Chiang mai, Pattaya and other destinations- must be the envelopes but Shirley they are bigger in the other locations. the only reason Bangla allegedly raises more spending in later hours is that people go out later as things open late compared to the other places.   

Nasa12 | 22 December 2022 - 20:21:53

The only Phuket have left it’s corruption,drug,sex and rock roll. 


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