Yaowarat Walking Streets: This could soon happen every Sunday


BANGKOK — Roads in Bangkok’s Yaowarat district could soon be turned into walking streets every Sunday as the government is willing to listen to the Thai Amusement and Leisure Parks Association’s suggestion. 

The private sector’s proposal for creating Yaowarat Walking Streets — a new tourist attraction in the capital — was presented to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha during their meeting on Thursday (November 4).

Wuthichai Luangamornlert, president of the Thai Amusement and Leisure Parks Association, said the PM Prayuth was positive about the idea, adding that it could be a reality at the end of this year or early next year, and could possibly be extended to other provinces.

Governor Aswin Kwanmuang of Bangkok, said Wuthichai, would coordinate with police on the walking-street project in Bangkok’s Chinatown.

In a report from The Nation, Board of Trade chairman Kalin Sarasin said the private sector proposed seven measures to the premier, including that the government clear tax and legal obstacles that hamper the tourism industry.

It asked that the Board of Investment offer more tax benefits to tourism operators and revise the jet fuel tax.

It would also like to see more VAT refund outlets in Bangkok and more promotion of specific aspects of tourism such as spas and massage parlours, the report added.

Source: The Nation

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