Poll: Lower oil prices urges craving for holiday trip

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BANGKOK, 24 Dec 2014 – A recent survey by Bangkok University has found that lower oil prices did influence Thai people to consider taking a trip during the New Year holiday.

According to the poll, 68 percent of the respondents are planning to take a trip during the New Year season. As much as 63 percent admitted that cheaper petrol prices led to them to their decision to take a holiday trip more easily. The northern provinces of Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son and Chiang Rai are the most favorite places for the respondents.

Traffic accidents, congestion and overcrowded tourist spots were found to be the most worrisome factors. When asked about the politicians with whom the respondents wish to celebrate the countdown most, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha, former Prime Ministers Yingluck Shinawatra and Abhisit Vejjajiva proved to remain the three most popular ones in their opinion.

Economic recovery, corruption elimination and solution to social disunity, meanwhile, are the most eagerly-awaited New Year gifts they expect from the government.

The survey results were compiled from the answers of 1,207 people nationwide.