SONGKHLA, 2 April 2012 (NNT) – Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism and Sports has instructed relevant agencies to provide urgent assistance to tourists following the explosion at the Lee Gardens Plaza Hotel, while the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) stands firm that it will hold the Midnight Songkran celebration as previously planned.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism and Sports Chumpol Silpa-archa has assigned the TAT and the Tourist Police to coordinate with the Hat Yai Hotel Association and the Hat Yai Tourism Association in assisting tourists who have been affected by the explosion which took place in front of Lee Gardens Plaza Hotel in Hat Yai on Saturday. Special attention should be given to Singaporeans and Malaysians given they frequently make weekend trips to Thailand. Additionally, travel agencies are rushing to relocate tourists to other hotels as well as help those who wish to return to their hometown.
Meanwhile, the TAT has insisted that the Midnight Songkran celebration in Hat Yai will go on as planned during 11-13 April since Hat Yai is an important financial area. In order to regain confidence, the Songkhla governor plans to hold a midnight sale event on the road in front of the explosion site.
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