Friday, June 13, 2014

Thailand lifts curfew in selected locations

News this week: Thailand’s military junta, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), has lifted its night-time curfew in four additional MICE and tourist-focused locations across the country. The four newly added destinations are Cha-am district in Phetchaburi province, Hua Hin district in Prachuap Khiri Khan, Krabi province, and Phang-nga province.

The list of exempt destinations has now risen to seven, which includes the previously announced Pattaya, Phuket, and Samui Island. In addition, night-time curfew has been reduced from seven hours (22:00-05:00) to four hours (00:01-04:00) as of 28th May 2014. According to the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), most businesses in Bangkok including banks, petrol stations, hotels, restaurants, and MICE and entertainment venues continue to operate as normal and there is no military presence in popular MICE areas.

Mr Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, president of TCEB, commented, “Thailand’s famous warm hospitality and world-class MICE standards are as strong as ever. To ensure the safety of all visitors, security in Bangkok has been stepped up, and we reiterate our advice to business travellers to check travel routing before travelling within the Thai capital to avoid being inconvenienced.”

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