Sunday, 3 January 2021

A novel way to lift tourism: create more public holidays

Thailand has been one of the hardest-hit countries by the Covid-19 pandemic with its travel industry in difficulty.

In a bid to lift tourism numbers in 2021, the Thai Government has announced eight new public holidays for 2021 in a bid to stimulate domestic travel.

Several of the extra bank holidays fall on a Monday or Friday, allowing for long weekend stays.

The Government unveiled four national holidays and four applicable to different regions across Thailand.

The changes include an extra day for the Thai New Year Songkran holidays and a day in lieu for Buddhist Lent, the Bangkok Post reported.

Deputy government spokesperson Traisuree Taisaranakul said regional governments and businesses can make their own decision to grant the extra holidays based on their operational needs.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand, meanwhile, said the extension of the domestic tourism stimulus campaign has seen a spike in bookings for early 2021.

It received 200,000 hotel room bookings within the first 12 hours, said TAT governor, Yuthasak Supasorn, which is up about five-fold.


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