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Ready for another holiday? Cabinet considers a long weekend to boost the economy

Caitlin Ashworth

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There might be another long weekend coming up soon. So much revenue was brought in from the recent 4 day holiday weekend earlier this month that some government officials think another couple days off could help give the slumped economy another shot in the arm.

The 4 day weekend earlier this month (a Songkran replacement) circulated some 8.8 billion baht in revenue, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand. They say they met their revenue goal for the weekend. September 4 and 7 were scheduled as public holidays to substitute Songkran after the annual Thai new year water celebrations were cancelled in April due to lockdown measures.

Deputy PM Wissanu Krea-ngam says the cabinet has talked about another holiday, most likely a 4 day long weekend again, and the idea has been passed on to PM Prayut Chan-o-cha. Wissanu says the long weekend might be scheduled for November, since there are no public holidays scheduled during that month.

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

Other parties need to be on board for the long weekend. The Bangkok Post says the Tourism and Sports Ministry will need to make the recommendation for another long weekend. Police are also needed to help with traffic. There were 405 road incidents during the long weekend earlier this month. Police report 59 people were killed in road incidents and 365 people were injured.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Frank Leboeuf

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 2:11 pm

    Ready! (if only Thai immigration lets us stay in the country after September 26, as we’re still falling in the gaps with our expired non-Bs at the moment :0 )

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      Somsak

      Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 2:17 pm

      Frank Leboeuf OUI! Im gonna book beach vacation right away if they would let us stay! Very stressfull times… Also with non B here and not options left currently than try to fly home, where is full of covid and unemployment.

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      Mr Sea

      Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 2:26 pm

      To bad then that Thailand lose about 16-20 billion baht every single day due to businesses closing etc. Have not the government realised that people have less money to spend and more and more people are losing their jobs not only in the tourist sector. How many thai people in reality can travel or take a couple of days from work when the economy is doing so bad. Yeah, more red days will sure solve the provlem, just spend spend like there is no tomorrow as usual. That’s one of the reasons Thailand is in such economic truble, the lack of long term planning ahead and just simple logic thinking.

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    Rinky Stingpiece

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 2:48 pm

    more days off? have it off every day, why not?

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    Kanoun

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 3:01 pm

    59 people were killed on road accident during just one long week end. 59 people died in thailand from covid during the last 6 month! Every thing is ok?!Let’us kill more 59 people in november to boost the economy!

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    Luigi

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 3:16 pm

    the dog chasing its tail. But with a steady economy where do they get the money to go on vacation?

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    Steve

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    Schools closed again lets think also about pupils who are trying to study for there future

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    Ron

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 8:15 pm

    Seems I am not alone with an expired non ‘B’. Lets hope we can go straight onto a Tourist visa.The Thai government have been very understanding during this terrible crisis. Although,not knowing is stressful,it could have been far worse. I am very thankful to be in Thailand at the moment. Lets pray our hosts are gracious enough to allow us to remain.

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    Waverider

    Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 8:53 pm

    Lol, holiday s make the country prosper, Lord God save these inept soles, for they know what they do.
    Only PTT made money on last holiday.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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