Thai private sector supports Cabinet decision on 5-day New Year holiday


BANGKOK, Oct 2 – The Thai private sector supports the Cabinet’s approval of a 5-day holiday during the New Year season. 

Siddiwat Cheewarattanaporn, Association of Thai Travel Agents (ATTA) chairman, said the group supported the Cabinet’s approval of  December 30  as another national holiday to make a 5-day holiday during the New Year period from December 28 through January 1.

He said the add-on holiday will encourage Thai tourists to travel more and that the added spending by the public will help boost the economy.

Mr Siddiwat said Thailand’s tourism has experienced positive growth lately with 19 million tourist arrivals from January through September, and some 6 million travellers are expected to enter the country in the remaining three months, during the high season.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra spoke of the proposal by Ministry of Tourism & Sports to announce having one more public holiday that she would consider the case as proposed if it was to support tourism and generate more revenue for the country.