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Yaowarat could soon have Sunday walking streets

Nov 14. 2019
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By The Nation

The government is amendable to a suggestion by the Thai Amusement and Leisure Parks Association to turn roads in Bangkok’s Yaowarat district into walking streets each Sunday, barring vehicle access to open the area to pedestrians and attracting more visitors.

Its president, Wuthichai Luangamornlert, said after a meeting on Thursday (November 14) between Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and the Board of Trade that the proposal was part of the private sector’s urgent efforts to create new tourism attractions.

He said the premier felt the idea could become a reality as soon as the end of this year or early next year and even extended to locales in other provinces.

Wuthichai said Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang would coordinate with police on the walking-street project in Bangkok’s Chinatown.

Board of Trade chairman Kalin Sarasin said the private sector proposed seven measures to the premier, including that the government clear tax and legal obstacles that hamper the tourism industry.

It asked that the Board of Investment offer more tax benefits to tourism operators and revise the jet fuel tax.

It would also like to see more VAT refund outlets in Bangkok and more promotion of specific aspects of tourism such as spas and massage parlours.


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