SONGKHLA, 24 July 2014 – Tourism in the southern commercial heartland of Hat Yai has reportedly picked up up as the end of the Ramadan month draws near. Meanwhile, bookings by Malaysian tourists have helped hotels pocket more income.
With the fasting month drawing to a close and the Hari Raya festivities approaching, hotel operators in Hat Yai reported on Wednesday that 80% of rooms have been booked ahead of the festivities period. All rooms are expected to be taken once Hari Raya arrives. The influx of tourists into the city is expected to contribute to a local circulation of at least 50 million baht, similar to last year.
Security-wise, authorities have been seen deploying more security volunteers and soldiers within the city’s commercial and tourism areas. Vendors are also keeping watchful eyes over the area they are selling in, ready to pick out any suspicious objects left behind and also to spot suspicious individuals who may have ill intentions.