Tourism and Sports Minister visits Bangla Road in Patong

Patong –

Last night (September 8th) the Tourism and Sports Minister visited Bangla Road in Patong where staffers and operators are asking for 4:00 A.M. entertainment venue closing times.

Our previous stories:

Patong and tourism cities including Pattaya need ‘special zoning’ with nightlife venues open until 4 AM but nightlife business operators need to pay more tax, according to ‘Prab Keesin’, a prominent Patong businessman.

The Minister of Tourism and Sports is preparing to propose the opening hours extension of entertainment venues from 2:00 AM. to 4:00 AM. to be in line with tourist behavior.

Mr. Phiphat told the gathered Phuket media including The Phuket Express, “For the 4:00 A.M. closing time extension it is about a current law which will take time to consider. The proposal will be introduced in a meeting of the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) next month.”

“We also want to know what foreign tourists think about the closing time extension. However, many research results show that the best time for income from entertainment venues is from 1:00 A.M. to 3:00 A.M.. This income is also from other smaller operators and sellers.”

The President of the Patong Entertainment Business Association Mr. Weerawit Krueasombat told the Phuket Express, “ Now the nightlife industry income is about 600 million baht per month. If entertainment venues open until 4:00 A.M., the income will be an average of a 100 million baht increase per month. All entertainment venues in Patong are 100 percent open. Most of the tourists are Indians.”

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Goong is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for three years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and Chonburi, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.