Two long-weekend holidays approved by the cabinet on Tuesday are meant to stimulate tourism, says Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.
The two holidays were proposed by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports.
The first is 19th – 22nd November, with Thursday the 19th and Friday the 20th to be declared special public holidays.
Those holidays will coincide with a school break from 13th November – 1st December, when families will be able to take trips together, Gen Chan-o-cha said.
The school break was pushed back from next month to November due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced the current school term to start late.
Monday, 7th December was originally a holiday in lieu of Father’s Day on 5th December, which falls on a Saturday.
That holiday has therefore been put back to Friday 11th December.
That means it will create a long holiday from 10th – 13th December.
10th December is Constitution Day.
Gen Chan-o-cha said those state agencies which provide essential public services must retain some staff to work during both long weekends.
Tourism and Sports Minister Pipat Ratchakitprakarn also said before the cabinet meeting that he hoped the two holidays would help spur the economy, domestic tourism in particular.