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Thailand bars to stay open later, to counter China slump

Nightspots hope extension to 4 a.m. will recoup lost revenue

The Thai government, keen to offset slow growth in overseas tourism, is considering extending the operating hours of nightspots in some areas. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

BANGKOK -- Thailand, a tourism powerhouse known for its nightlife, is looking to liven things up even more by letting bars and clubs stay open later.

The country's Ministry of Tourism and Sports is considering extending closing times at nightspots in some areas to 4 a.m. At the moment, such establishments must close by 2 a.m. By extending closing times, the ministry hopes to encourage tourists to loosen their purse strings.

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