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Blackpink's Lisa opts out as icon of Thailand's tourism reopening

K-pop star's agency declines offer to have her co-star in year-end event in Phuket

Blackpink's Rose, left, Jennie, Lisa and Jisoo perform at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival in Indio, California, in 2019.    © AP

BANGKOK -- The Thai government's desire to hire Lalisa Manobal, also known as Lisa of the K-pop girl band Blackpink, as the icon of the country's tourism revival has been shattered, as the Thai star's talent agency has turned down a request for her to co-star in a year-end event on the southern island of Phuket.

Thailand will start welcoming fully vaccinated international visitors from 45 countries and a territory without any quarantine period from Nov. 1. The year-end event is meant to be a celebration in style of the successful reopening.

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