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Tourism and Sports Korbkarn Wattanavrangkul says tourist arrivals in the country continue to rise with now over two million tourists have arrived this month, representing a 25.8% increase.
With such increase, she forecasts that in April, which is well known for the Songkran Festival, around 2.4 million tourists will arrive in the month alone.
She said the ministry has planned to propose to the Cabinet during its mobile meeting tomorrow to beef up security measures for tourists and promote how to promote celebration of the water festival in the Thai way.
Moreover, the ministry has coordinated with the Thai Bankers’ Association (TBA) to waive fees for cash withdrawal from ATMs during April 13-19, to help promote domestic tourism and stimulate public spending.
The ministry is expecting over 20 billion baht to be generated during the Songkran Festival, while the waiver would help the people saves about 100 million baht in total, she added.