Cabinet approves extra holidays in 2016 to stimulate tourism


BANGKOK, 6 October 2015 – The Cabinet on Tuesday approved 6 May and 18 July 2016 as extra public holidays to allow for long weekend breaks from 5-8 May and 16-20 July 2016. Minister of Tourism and Sports Kobkarn Watthanawarangkun said the extra holidays were made to promote tourism in the country. 

Thursday 5 May 2016 is Coronation Day, Tuesday 19 July 2016 is Asanha Bucha Day and Wednesday 20 July 2016 is Buddhist Lent Day. With the extra holidays, next year’s Coronation Day break is extended to four days and Asanha Bucha Day break five days.

Ms. Kobkarn added that the ministry would focus on promoting minor cities in 2016 in the hope to persuade Thai and foreign tourists to spend more time traveling in each area. The ministry had set Thailand’s tourism revenue targets for 2016 at 2.3 trillion baht and 2.5 trillion baht for 2017, the minister said.