Millions of baht lost as floods hit Thailand’s entertainment industry
Thailand’s worst flooding in decades has affected every industry and the entertainment business is no exception. That old adage, the show must go on, doesn’t apply in this case, especially now that Bangkok has also been hit by the floods and residents of several districts have been told to evacuate.
With many venues facing the uncertainty of flooding, almost all events scheduled until early December have either been cancelled or postponed.
The main concert venue Impact Arena in Muang Thong Thani saw all its shows in late October as well as those in early November axed. The last foreign concert held there was “Yanni Live in Bangkok”, with the multi-instrumentalist even pitching in to help with flood relief.
Shows scheduled for late November and those at venues outside flood-affected areas are still pending. Making matters worse is the fact that ticket holders may get only short notice of cancellation as local organisers wait for foreign promoters to call off the shows.
That was the case with the David Foster and Jason Mraz concerts – BEC-Tero Entertainment announced the cancellations only a couple of days ahead.