On Tuesday, the cabinet approved the proposal to permit entertainment venues in Chonburi, Chachoengsao, and Rayong to remain open 24 hours. Damrongkiat Phinitkan, the secretary of the Entertainment and Tourism Association of Pattaya City, expressed optimism about the potential benefits this plan could bring to local businesses and the overall rejuvenation of the region's tourism economy.
Damrongkiat revealed that entrepreneurs in Pattaya have already indicated their willingness to comply with the regulations if the plan gets the green light. He explained that bars and restaurants could operate until late at night, while walking streets might remain open until the early hours of the morning. He also assured that if the new guidelines are adhered to properly, the operation of these all-night entertainment establishments will not adversely affect the local communities.
Furthermore, the secretary firmly believes that if the plan is approved, Pattaya will be in a position to compete with other world-class tourism destinations in Europe, South Korea, and Japan.