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4am closing time would spur tourist spending not Thai drinking: official

Later closing times in tourist-heavy areas would boost revenue, not our collective alcoholism, Thailand’s top tourism official said this morning.

The 4am closing time proposed for designated areas is meant to help improve the economy rather than encourage drinking, Gov. Yuthasak Supasorn of the tourism authority said as it and another proposal to extend tourist visas head to the pandemic task force for approval. 

“Extending the closing hours of entertainment venues is because people from some countries start having dinner around 9pm or 10pm, and around midnight onward, they would like to continue,” he said. “If there is a longer spending period, then there will be more money entering the economy. This is not advocating for increased alcohol consumption.”

The plan would allow entertainment venues to stay open two more hours in locales that serve large…

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