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"A tourist on holiday who wants to go for a night out does not want to go home and be in bed between midnight to 2AM."
It took them this long to figure that out?

Here is the latest:
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Pattaya Entertainment and Tourism Industry Association strongly believes later legal closing nightlife times will boost tourism and economy, addresses safety concerns

by Adam Judd

August 24, 2019

Pattaya entertainment operators are sure if the closing time is 4 AM or later that the local economy will be better and tourists will be happier. In fact, some local groups are even pushing for the city to become a legal 24 hours a day party city.

However, they have to pay more attention to social responsibility the association told the local Pattaya press.

The association, which represents a significant chunk of local nightlife owners, believes that Pattaya Walking Street is a good model as it is easy to control. They strongly believe that expanding closing times city wide will benefit tourism.

Damrongkiet Pinitkan, a secretary of Pattaya Entertainment and Tourism Industry Association, who is also an executive of Pattaya Hollywood pub told the local press the following:

“Entertainment operators are happy if the closing time is 4AM city wide. Pattaya tourism will be better and the economy will benefit. A tourist on holiday who wants to go for a night out does not want to go home and be in bed between midnight to 2AM. “

However, there are some groups of people who do not agree with having later closing times as an entire city. They think that this will bring more problems and crime.

Several alcohol control groups have spoken out against expanding closing hours (and as a result, hours of legal drinking) and claim intoxicated people can cause more accidents, fights and crime that end up costing more than is gained by keeping a business open later.

To combat this point, the local entertainment and tourism industry association has been thinking of 4 measurements to prevent potential trouble and address concerns which are as follows:

- More security measures on people less than 20 years old entering night clubs and bars.
- Alcohol measurement should be set up at each entertainment venue, to include potentially using breathalyzers.
- Transportation fees should be fair for people at that time for public transportation and readily available.
- Entertainment operators must be responsible for the local community too, not just want to only benefit from later closing times.

The Thai Tourism Authority governor visits City Hall in Pattaya this afternoon, Saturday August 24, 2019, to meet with local operators and opponents and discuss the matter of expanding the closing hours in Pattaya legally.

https://thepattayanews.com/2019/08/24/p ... -concerns/

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Tourism Authority of Thailand Governor meets with local Pattaya leaders over extending legal nightlife closing times-Special Report

By Adam Judd

August 25, 2019

Yesterday afternoon at around 3:00 PM at City Hall in Pattaya the governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) met with local police, immigration, tourist police, media and a collection of local business owners and alcohol control group representatives to discuss the proposal of extending legal closing hours for nightlife in Pattaya.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, who represents TAT as it’s governor, listened to all sides and their concerns in the meeting, which The Pattaya News attended. He was visiting Pattaya on behalf of the Minister of Tourism and Sports who has proposed extending legal closing hours in the tourist nightlife hotspots across the country, such as Pattaya, Phuket, Bangkok Nightlife areas, Krabi, etc.

The current legal closing times depends on the area and in Pattaya is between midnight to 2AM. Walking Street has generally been given an unofficial exception to be open later. The proposal would make it completely legal for nightlife to stay open until the current proposed hour, 4 AM.

The current proposal is being called The Pattaya Model and if successful will be replicated across the countries top tourist destinations. It would involve specific special zoning exceptions to allow the later closing times but would also mean that the zones could be controlled.

The governor heard the concerns of parties opposed to the later closing times, including the potential of accidents, drugs, crime and minors drinking. It was agreed that safety and security would be a partnership between entertainment business owners and the local law enforcement.

An initial and unofficial poll of those present showed that 80 percent of those attending wanted the hours extended and only a small, but vocal, minority were opposed.

A poll on our Facebook page by the Pattaya News showed roughly 70 percent of our readers in support of extending the closing hours, close to the same number at City Hall.

The Governor of TAT admitted that several factors were hurting tourism, including the strength of the baht, changing demographics and the global economy, however, the Tourism Authority has no ability to dictate financial policy and is only able to move forward on what it can take action on, such as extension of closing hours for businesses.

Local nightlife business owners estimated that a 20 percent revenue gain could be made by extending the legal closing hours at the meeting.

The Governor of TAT will be bringing the findings to the tourism ministry next week. At this time, it is the belief of The Pattaya News that due to the majority of top officials and business owners being in favor of extending nightlife hours that The Pattaya Model will likely come into at least a testing cycle in the near future.

https://thepattayanews.com/2019/08/25/t ... al-report/

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Re: New Closing Times For Pattaya Nightlife Maybe

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You know what I've heard about this lately? Nothing.

Anyone surprised?

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