Government dismisses Songkran Festival proposal into a nine-day holiday


BANGKOK — The government dismissed the Songkran Festival proposal of extending it into a nine-day holiday.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha expressed strong disagreement with the proposal to extend the holidays since the existing number of days was reasonable and tourism was not seen to be highly lucrative at present.

Gen Prayut said he personally did not agree with a longer Songkran holiday.

Earlier, the finance minister was planning an extension of Songkran festival holidays – from April 11-19 – as it might help stimulate the economy.

“I think the normal holiday should be enough, because all public services are necessary. I don’t think an extended holiday to spur tourism would generate much return,” the prime minister said.

Sources: The Nation | Bangkok Post

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