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Started by thaiga, June 23, 2020, 06:50:21 PM

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Songkran substitute holidays to be spread over 3 weekends
Hopes that the Songkran substitute holiday might last for eight straight days were dashed by the prime minister on Tuesday (June 23).

The government had no intention of imposing a single holiday in compensation for the postponed Songkran festival, General Prayut Chan-o-cha announced after the weekly Cabinet meeting.

Instead, two substitute holidays will be added to three weekends, extending them until Tuesday, he said. The move to break up the substitute holidays would ensure minimum disruption to productivity as civil servants and others worked to get the country back on its feet after the Covid-19 outbreak, he added.

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


Govt offers July 27 as first compensation for Songkran

This year's Songkran holidays will be tied in with His Majesty's birthday, government spokesperson Narumon Pinyosinwat announced on Monday (June 29).

The holidays will run from July 25 to July 28 (the King's birthday), with Monday, July 27 marked as the first compensatory holiday for Songkran, which had been cancelled earlier this year due to the pandemic. Decision on compensation for the other two days of the three-day festival is still pending.

The Cabinet has been postponing making a decision on new dates for Songkran holidays in line with measures to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


Financial institutions to be closed on July 27

The Bank of Thailand (BOT) announced on Thursday that all financial institutions in the country will be closed on July 27 following the Cabinet's decision.

The Cabinet on June 30 declared July 27 as a holiday to compensate for the Songkran festival holiday which was earlier cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


Songkran starts here
When i said a bit here and a bit there i was certainly right, the Cabinet unanimously voted to mark Friday September 4 and Monday September 7 as public holidays to compensate for this year's Songkran holidays that were cancelled due to the Covid-19 outbreak. pic @ nationthailand.com
Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


TAT expects big jump in tourism earnings in September

Tourism revenue in September will grow by 20 per cent compared to the same month last year, after the government approved September 4 and 7 as compensation holidays for Songkran Festival, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said.

Songkran holidays were cancelled in April due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn said that the long weekend this September would stimulate people to exercise their right under the tourism stimulus campaign 'Rao Tiew Duay Kan' (We Travel Together).

September is normally a month without any national holidays, and schools nationwide are already open, he added.

In addition, the TAT aimed to organise a fair to stimulate the tourism sector this August. Numerous operators of hotels  and airlines will be invited to have their booths there with promotions.

According to the recent meeting between the TAT and private entrepreneurs in the tourism sector, the businesses have demanded that the government assist them in reduction of their major cost;  they are seeking suspension of debt payment to be expanded, and asked the Social Security Office to take care of their employees.

The entrepreneurs demanded that the government support their financial liquidity, and hasten the return of tourists to visit the country's safe and sealed areas, which were strictly controlled.

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.


Sathit hints Songkran fun can go ahead
Thailand may be able to contain the current spread of Covid-19 in time to celebrate the Songkran festival in April if all sides cooperate well in efforts to bring down infections, the government said yesterday.

Last year's Songkran festival was postponed due to the first outbreak of Covid-19.

With the resurgence of the virus since the end of last year, the number of daily Covid-19 cases is projected to exceed 100 for the next two months, if nothing is done to flatten the curve, Deputy Public Health Minister Sathit Pitutecha said yesterday.

However, if both state officials and the general public joined hands in containing the spread of the coronavirus, there is a chance the spread can be contained and people will get to celebrate the Songkran water festival in April, he said.


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