Thai tourism and sports minister Pipat Ratchakitprakarn told a crisis meeting in Bangkok that he has proposed to the government that bars and entertainment venues stay open to 4 am.
That and giving free visas to Chinese and Indians is the embattled minister’s response to the COVID-19 virus crisis that has devastated tourism in Thailand.
He asked for support from the private sector for his ideas as he delivered a speech at the Amari Watergate hotel yesterday.
He said the 4 am opening would only apply to certain zones and surveys would need to be carried out.
Thaivisa notes that the minister’s plans are nothing new.
His 4 am opening idea was given a lukewarm reception last year and free visas for Chinese and Indians is already in place, though not permanently.
If anything his speech showed that he is bereft of ideas and resigned to Thai tourism as having gone down the pan, at least in the first half of 2020.
He admitted that 50% less tourists will come in the first six months of the year.