In a bid to enhance tourism revenue and cater to late-night revelers, Thailand is set to embark on a pilot project that will extend the operational hours of entertainment venues in four key provinces. This initiative, scheduled to commence on December 15, marks a significant departure from the existing regulations that require nightspots to close as early as 1 a.m. or 2 a.m. The extended hours will enable selected tourist-heavy cities across the Central, East, South, and Northern regions to keep their doors open until 4 a.m.
The decision to launch this temporary measure was confirmed during a high-level meeting held at the Government House and chaired by Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin. The meeting brought together influential figures such as Interior Minister Anutin Charnvirakul and provincial governors. The primary objective of this move is to invigorate economic activity and meet the demands of late-night patrons.
The Interior Ministry has been entrusted with overseeing the implementation of this pilot project. This includes defining appropriate zoning regulations and determining the project’s duration. To address safety concerns associated with extended operating hours, there will be heightened monitoring of entertainment venues to curb illegal drug activities.
This initiative comes on the heels of a Cabinet approval in September, which aimed to extend the operational hours of nightlife establishments, thereby giving a much-needed boost to the tourism sector, especially in anticipation of the peak tourist season. The Interior Ministry is leading this endeavor in collaboration with various government departments and agencies. As the clock ticks towards December 15, all eyes are on Thailand’s nightlife scene, as it embarks on this experimental journey to enhance the overall tourism experience.