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.
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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.
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.”