The Pattaya Entertainment Industry Association has praised the Thai government's policy of extending entertainment opening hours until 4 AM, citing its positive impact on the local economy, and urging further expansion of legal entertainment zones.
The extended hours, officially implemented on December 15th, 2023, as part of a pilot program in five provinces, have garnered positive feedback from a large number of Pattaya business owners. Most member entertainment businesses reported a significant increase in daily income, ranging from 20-30%, since the longer hours were implemented.
Damrongkiat Phinijkarn, secretary-general of the Pattaya Entertainment Industry Association commented:
This policy is a game-changer for our nightlife community and the local economy as a whole. We express our sincere
gratitude to the government for listening to our pleas and implementing these measures.
However, the association also urges the government to consider expanding legal entertainment zones in Pattaya. Proposed areas for expansion of
legal nightlife and entertainment zones are parts of Jomtien, especially around the popular gay nightlife area at Jomtien Complex and Soi 7 area, parts of Naklua around the Space Hotel, Third Road to Sukhumvit, and perhaps even parts of Eastern Pattaya.