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Extension of special security law won't hurt Thai tourism: official

04-22-2011 08:53 BJT

The extension of the implementation of the Internal Security Act in Bangkok for one month will not affect Thai tourism, Thai tourism minister said on Wednesday.

Earlier Wednesday, Thai cabinet agreed in its weekly meeting to extend the use of the Internal Security Act in seven districts of Bangkok for another 30 days, to May 24, as proposed by the police.

Tourism and Sports Minister Chumpol Silpa-acha said he had discussed with the business operators, such as hoteliers and tour agency operators, and was told that the tourism environment has been improving and they had gained more income.

The number of foreign tourists visiting Thailand in the first quarter of the year totaled 5.3 million. If there is no political violence the number of arrivals this year could reach 16 million as projected.

The ISA was first imposed from February 9 to 23 to cope with rallies by the pro-establishment "yellow shirt" demonstration and the anti-government "red-shirt" demonstration. The latest extension was from March 26 to April 24.

ISA bars people from protesting in certain places, empowers the military-led Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) to impose curfew and allows authority to detain suspects for up to 30 days without charge.

The districts imposed ISA are Dusit, Phra Nakhon, Pomprab Sattruphai, Ratchathewee, Pathumwan, Watthana and Wangthonglang.

Editor:Sun Luying |Source: Xinhua

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