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Thailand’s Tourism Ministry Mulls Extending Drinking Hours

As tourist number dwindle tourism centers like Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket are seeking help for Thailand tourism ministry. The tourism ministry is now considering allowing bars and night clubs stay open later.

The Ministry of Tourism and Sports is considering extending closing times at nightspots in some areas to 4 a.m. At the moment, such establishments must close by 2 a.m.

By extending closing times, the ministry hopes to encourage tourists to loosen their purse strings.

Tourism centers in Thailand, such as Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket have sprawling entertainment districts. Billed as among the largest in Asia and they teem with foreign revelers.

One shop owner welcomed the proposal to keep the fun going into the small hours of the night. “If the closing time is extended by two hours, our revenue should increase by 30% to 40%,” he said.

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