Thailand adds eight special holidays in 2021 to stimulate domestic tourism

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Thailand’s Cabinet yesterday approved eight special holidays for 2021 in a bid to boost local tourism, reported the Vietnam News Agency (VNA).

According to deputy government spokesperson Traisuree Taisaranakul, Feb 12 will be a holiday for the Lunar New Year, which normally is not an official holiday.

Other special holidays include April 12 as another Songkran holiday and July 27 as a holiday in lieu of the Buddhist Lent day.

Some of the approved events, combining with weekends, create long holidays in February, April, July and October.

The newly planned holidays are aimed at stimulating tourism. Heads of government and private organisations could decide if they would use the special holidays or not in a way that would not affect their operations, said Traisuree.

According to official data, Thailand hosted 3,065 foreign tourists in November, the second month of receiving long-stay visitors since a ban was imposed in April to keep Covid-19 infections under control.

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