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Yesterday representatives from Immigration, the Police, Airlines and Airline Authorities as well as a host of other officials put on a massive PR show at Suvarnabhumi Airport. The event was organised to assure visitors to Thailand that they would enjoy a safe and joyful Songkran Festival, the Thai New Year celebrations traditionally marked by a massive water fight around the kingdom.
The Songkran festival, which is celebrated for up to five days in some parts of the country, has become synonymous with road deaths running into their hundreds each year as well as a lot of watery fun. To ensure the visiting public that measures have been taken to ensure their safety as they ring in the New Year over 200 top bods turned out to spread the word on the safety measures put in place and to remind the public of the success of last year’s celebrations.
Around 160,000 passengers are expected to arrive in the kingdom each day of the holiday period. A special airport office has been set up to deal with any problems and a 24 hour a day hotline will be in operation. During the PR event the officials announced a myriad of cultural events from now until April 20th that have been set up in order to provide visitors an insight into local culture and traditions.
It was also announced that measures have been taken at the airport to ensure arriving passengers do not face delays with fast check in and check out procedures being put into place. Speedier passport checks were also promised.