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Pattaya: 4 AM opening is great – but pubs must be “socially responsible”

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A leading entertainment industry personality in Pattaya has thrown his weight behind plans for an extension of opening hours in Pattaya saying it is definitely a good idea.

Pattaya: 4 AM opening is great - but pubs must be

But he has cautioned that with the extra trade must come extra responsibility for societal issues.

For example pubs and clubs should have alcohol testing stations to tell patrons when they are over the limit to drive – and they must help them get home. 

And he has suggested that the best place to pilot the project is Walking Street. 

Damrongkiat Pinitkarn is the secretary of the entertainment and tourism industry in Pattaya and an executive at the Hollywood pub. 

He told Sophon Cable TV on Facebook that tourism minister Pipat Ratchakitprakarn’s plans to extend opening hours to 4 am to boost tourist spending is a good idea and people in the industry in Pattaya agree. 

But he understood that people had reservations from a safety and moral standpoint. Along with extra profits there would also probably be more drinking and driving and pubs and clubs must play their part in helping to limit the impact. 

He suggested the following three point plan.

1. Pubs and club must not allow any under 20’s to drink in their establishments. 

2. The clubs should have alcohol testing stations to determine when patrons are over the limit. If they are the clubs should get them a cab or public transport or have a service in place to take them home themselves. 

3. An area should be set up where tourists can get a fair price for public transport to take them home. 

Damrongkiat believes that Walking Street is the best place to set up a pilot scheme for extending the opening hours to 4 am. 

The area is easy to control safety-wise and is a “landmark” in Pattaya, he said. 

Thai Visa / Sophon Cable TV

Pattaya: 4 AM opening is great - but pubs must be
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