Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Tuesday ordered the Transport Ministry to directly contact international airlines to increase flights into the country following a surge in demand, according to government spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri.
The prime minister issued his instructions on the same day that he told a cabinet meeting that the country’s tourism and travel industries are on course to recover, with an estimated 10 million foreign arrivals visiting for the year up until Dec 10, according to Mr Anucha. Gen Prayut has also called on the Transport Ministry to add more ground service staff to facilitate the rise in visitor numbers, the spokesman said.
The premier also welcomed Fitch Ratings’ affirmation of Thailand’s Sovereign Credit Rating at BBB+ with a stable outlook, Mr Anucha added. Fitch forecasts Thailand’s GDP growth to accelerate to 3.8% next year from 3.3% in 2022, with the growth underpinned by a robust recovery of inbound tourism.
Meanwhile, the Tourism and Sports Ministry reportedly postponed its plan to seek cabinet approval for its proposal to allow night entertainment venues in selected areas to operate beyond the 2am closing time.
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