Senator Pichit: Eased political tension attributes to lively Songkran atmosphere


BANGKOK, 16 April 2014, – An appointed senator has attributed the lively Songkran atmosphere nationwide to the easing of political tensions. 

According to Police General and President of the Senate Standing Committee On Tourism Pichit Kuandechakhup, both the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC)’s and the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD)’s announcement that they would temporarily cease their activities during the Songkran celebration created a more relaxed sentiment among holidaymakers and tourists. He backed up his claim by pointing out that a large number of Chinese travelers visited the northern region of kingdom during the period.

He praised the various government authorities for doing an excellent job at providing security for the lives and properties of the visitors, expecting this year’s number of accidents to drop by 10% compared to last year’s.

Officials are prepared for the final period of the 7 deadly days of Songkran, as holidaymakers return in droves to Bangkok, increasing the risk of road accidents, said the senator. He is also positive that the measures taken up by authorities would boost tourist confidence significantly, enabling the nation to attract 28 million tourists next year as planned.