Tourism Authority of Thailand confirms New Year activities NOT canceled nationwide as reports of tourists canceling hotel bookings rise

Thailand –

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has confirmed they have NOT canceled New Year activities. More than 3.14 million tourists are expected to join in events which will generate at least 11.2 billion baht.

The TAT governor Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn stated to the press, “There is NO cancelation order or any change on activities for the ‘Amazing Thailand Countdown 2023’ which will be held by the TAT together with private operators. Any order would be issued by the Minister of Tourism and Sports Mr. Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn.”

“We are expecting 3.14 million tourists on this New Year Festival which will generate at least 11.2 billion baht.”

“For the Pattaya Countdown event only the fireworks show has been cancelled, there will be dozens of concerts, events, a food festival, djs, shows, and more still happening. This change will not affect any income as tourists have already booked their travel and rooms.”

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Pattaya authorities have decided to cancel the New Year Countdown firework display from December 29th to 31st 2022. However, for now, concerts and food festivals set for the Countdown will continue.

Meanwhile the Khao San private sector announced the cancelation of the Countdown 2023 due to what they called a ‘fragile time’. However, entertainment venues are still open.

Mr. Sanga Ruengwattanakun, the president of Khao San Business Operators, told the media, “Many government offices are being requested, but not ordered, to not hold entertainment activities for the New Year due to it being a ‘fragile time’ for Thai people.”

“So we have decided to cancel the countdown on December 31st on Khao San Road too. However, entertainment venues are still open as normal and may hold their private countdown events inside their venues.” Sanga concluded.

Some areas, like Mueang Chonburi, canceled their own New Year countdown and replaced it with a traditional temple ceremony. TAT has stressed however these were individual decisions and not a national one.


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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.