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Thai cabinet mulls another long holiday to spur economy

A near empty restaurant on Raway beach on Phuket. Hotels in Thailand’s most popular holiday island have been forced to slash prices with rooms left vacant and beaches sparse as tourist chiefs struggle with a plunge in visitors from China caused by the US trade war and stronger baht. Photo: AFP/Mladen Antonov. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

BANGKOK, Sep 15, 2020, Bangkok Post. The cabinet is thinking about declaring another long holiday, to allow people to travel and boost sagging local economies, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said on Tuesday, Bangkok Post reported.

Mr Wissanu said the idea was floated by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. Suitable dates had still to be decided.

He agreed it should be a four-day holiday, including Saturday and Sunday.

Mr Wissanau thought it should be in a month without any scheduled public holidays, such as November.

The Tourism and Sports Ministry would make the recommendation. Police would also be required to help with the traffic.

“The idea is for people to take a break and travel,” he added.

The long weekend from Sept 4-7 saw many people heading for tourist attractions, injecting tens of millions of baht into local business economies.

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