On December 27th, Thaworn Sanenium, a Deputy Minister of Interior, presided over a seminar called ‘Entertainment complex entrepreneurs and staff following 1966 Entertainment Complex Act. The seminar was held by the Investigation and Legal Affairs Bureau. There were about 300 entrepreneurs attending the seminar at Royal Phuket City hotel.
The minister said that Phuket was chosen to be the first place that the government provided knowledge about the Entertainment Complex Act to entrepreneurs since the government realized that there were a lot of foreigners coming to spend their vacation in Phuket every year. If there was any accident in an entertainment complex in Phuket, the island’s image as a safe tourism destination would drop. To prevent this problem the entrepreneurs should run their business following the law. Every entertainment complex must be registered. They also have to be strict not to let children or youth be in their places. Drugs, guns, sex shows, and too much noise are prohibited. The entertainment complexes have to have appropriate fire exits and fire extinguishers.
Moreover, they have to be closed on time as stated in the entertainment complex act. In this case, Thaworn added that there were many entertainment complexes asking for a permission to open their place until 5 a.m. However, he had not seen the concrete applications from them.
Meanwhile, Weerawit Kruasombat, the President of Patong Entertainment Complex Entrepreneurs said that the closing time should be extended in Soi Bangla, Patong. However he did not think it was a good idea to extend the closing time in entertainment complexs outside the Patong area.
For the entertainment complex zoning which was asked to be extended, he suggested the related officers send the minister their comments and problems to the policy sector. Then they could consider whether there should be any extension.
Meanwhile, Weerawat Janpen, a Vice Governor of Phuket said that there were 313 registered entertainment complexes in Phuket. Those that have not been registered are because they are out of the zoning. The province would have to consider the zoning again in order to make them registered.
Translation based on news from Manager Online