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Thai ministry to request curfew lift for more tourist spots

Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports made plans to ask the ruling junta to scrap a curfew in eight more areas, including Krabi, Hat Yai and Chiang Mai, in a bid to restore tourism.

BANGKOK: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports made plans to ask the ruling junta to scrap a curfew in eight more areas in a bid to restore tourism.

National News Bureau of Thailand said on Wednesday that the ministry plans to request for the lifting of the curfew in Krabi, Phang Nga, Trang, Hat Yai district of Songkhla, Koh Chang of Trat, Cha-am district of Phetchaburi, Hua Hin district of Prachuap Khiri Khan and Chiang Mai.

The ministry said the areas were some of Thailand’s most famous destinations for tourists. It also said it felt political violence was unlikely to take place in those areas.

On Tuesday, the junta lifted the curfew for Koh Samui, Pattaya and Phuket to “create a favourable climate for tourism”.

A 10pm-5am curfew was initially introduced for the whole country after the junta seized power in a coup.

The junta later shortened the curfew to midnight till 4am.

Authorities said foreign visitor arrivals fell about 20 per cent after the military seized power, but predicted they would soon return.

Tourist arrivals in the first four months of 2014 were already down nearly five per cent from a year earlier at 8.6 million, with visitor numbers from other Asian countries particularly affected, according to official figures.

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