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25 March 2014 :: 09:03:42 am 83429

Budget Announced For Songkran Festival 2014

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has announced that it will be spending 20 million THB on festival venues in 13 provinces for the upcoming Songkran festival. There will be an expected 4.5 million tourists attending the venues.
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BANGKOK – March 24, 2014 [Pattaya Daily News]; Mrs. Wilaiwan Thawitsri [The Deputy Governor for Tourism Products and Business, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)] spoke about the arrangements for the Songkran Festival 2014. This year TAT will have a budget of approximately 20 million THB to arrange Songkran festivals in the 13 provinces. She will focus on how important water is to the country, and will emphasize the traditional Family’s Day, such as the water-pouring ceremony, asking a blessing from a respected elder and to make merit in their lives.

The areas where the monies will be spent are:

– Chiang Mai

– Sukhothai

– Phra Nakhon Sri Ayutthaya

– Nong Khai

– Nakhon Phanom

– Khon Kaen

– Bangkok (Wisoot Kasat, Bang Lam Phu)

– Phra Pra Daeng

– Phuket

– Samui

– Hat Yai

– Pattaya

– Suphan Buri

Mrs. Wilaiwan went on to say that, regarding the political unrest, she would liaise with the embassies of other countries, to try to reassure them that there are plenty of safe places to enjoy Songkran. Currently, hotel reservations in the north of Thailand are at 70%, expected to be fully booked out for the Songkran celebrations. Already the government has cancelled the royal emergency enactment (the emergency decree). She believes there will be approximately 4.5 million tourists joining in the Songkran Festival 2014, which will consist of 4 million Thai tourists and 400,000 foreign tourists. This should provide a revenue of about 47,000 million THB.

Mrs. Wilaiwan also added, regarding the Singapore festival, that if anything, it should help to promote the Thai version. Singapore’s version will boast a concert, boxing show and water games. However, it will be organised as a ticket style event, so it will not be open to the general public. The Thai version of course is a fantastic event, spread over several days in different provinces, totally free and fun for all.

A cautionary word of warning. It can become very dangerous to drive at this time of the year, with water and flour being thrown at moving vehicles. If you don’t need to drive, then don’t. It’s that simple!

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