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Entertainment Sector Restrictions in Thailand Officially Lifted

Bangkok, Thu Nov 10 2016
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In a press release via the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) yesterday it was officially confirmed that the Thai Government has lifted the restrictions recently placed on MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Events) businesses and services to allow entertainment venues as well as musical, theatrical and festive celebrations to resume operations as normal.

Thailand’s entertainment sector has been under officially imposed restrictions following the passing of the King, His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on 13 October 2016, when some restrictions were placed on public entertainment and festive events for a 30 day period as Thailand is currently observing a mourning period of 1 year to show respect to his Royal Majesty, the Late King.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior issued a letter to Provincial Governors and District Leaders informing them of the lifting of restrictions nationwide, the press release stated. This means that all business events and festival events can resume as usual. Travellers are however invited to respect the traditions of mourning and to act and dress appropriately during this time.

The nine defined categories of public entertainment and festivities include national festivals, provincial level festival activities, local events, carnival folk culture events, traditional music and contests, entertainment venues such as nightclubs, pubs and bars, activities organised at hotel venues and sports events at all levels.

Events in the above nine categories can be held from 14 November onwards. Organisers are, however, asked to consider and adjust event programmes in accordance with cultural sensitivities as well as the prevailing rules and regulations. Accordingly, TCEB has advised all travellers to Thailand to continue with their travel plans as normal, but to re-check programmes with travel agents in case of changes.

As the government's flagship body for the MICE sector, TCEB also extended their thanks to all travellers for their understanding and continuing support for Thailand during this period of national mourning, the press release stated.

For further information, the full press release can be found on the TCEB website -

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