Ministry will ask for closing time at 4 am
© Bangkok Post Bustling scenes return to Sukhumvit Soi Nana in Bangkok. (Photo: Arnun Chonmahatrakul)
The Minister of Tourism and Sports is planning to propose new opening hours for entertainment venues, allowing them to open till 4 p.m. to revive tourism sentiment during the upcoming high season.
Tourism and Sports Minister Fifat Ratchakitprakarn said extended hours would be designated for tourism-driven economic zones to avoid creating discontent among local communities.
“We have already asked each provincial governor to study the economic and social impacts as well as the need to increase operating hours,” Mr. Fifat said.
He said that not every sector of a province would be allowed to follow it as the government would focus only on those areas which mainly focus on international tourists.
For example, Thong Lor and Ekmai in Bangkok may not be included as these areas are better known among local party-goers, but Khao San Road may be able to participate as it is a popular destination for foreign travelers. famous center.
In Phuket, some areas, such as Soi Bangla, which is already famous for its nightlife, may be allowed to take advantage of extended opening hours.
Mr Phifat said Thailand still had to work hard to bring in 1.5 million tourists per month from October to December, which would be a 50% increase from the current rate of 1 million tourists per month.
He said it would propose this agenda at a meeting of the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) in September, when the APEC Tourism Ministers’ Meeting 2022, which runs from August 14-20, has ended.
Mr. Fifat said that the APEC Tourism Ministers’ meeting will be held under a concept called “regenerative tourism” which highlights the sustainable recovery of tourism.
The meeting will be attended by tourism ministers from 21 countries and economic regions with at least 300 participants.
In addition to the ministerial meeting, the Ministry of Tourism will also organize an academic seminar and familiarization visits at Charon Krung in Nakhon Pathom and Talad Nott in Sampran District to demonstrate the Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) economic model.
Sustainable Recovery prioritizes the impact of tourism on the environment, culture and folk wisdom and identifies ways to balance demand and supply in each region.
Mr Phifat said next year Thailand will introduce low-carbon destinations for the first time.
Khao Lak and Koh Kho Khao in Phanganga are ready as a pilot project as Prince of Songkala University is conducting a feasibility study of the project.