Cabinet approves additional holiday in May to spur economy


By TV Channel 7 and Reuters – published by CNA

THE cabinet today (Jan. 10) approved Friday May 5, 2023 as an extra public holiday to allow for a four-day long weekend from Thursday May 4, 2023, which is Coronation day, TV Channel 7 said this afternoon.

This step was taken to stimulate the economy by driving the tourism sector.

There are 15 public holidays this year but with the inclusion of substitute holidays the total increases to 24.

The cabinet also approved a budget of 3.35 trillion baht ($100 billion) for the fiscal year 2024, Reuters reported.

The new budget is 5.18 per cent bigger than the previous year, government spokesperson Anucha Burapachaisri said. 


Top: A calendar showing the newly created long-weekend in May. Photo: TV Channel 7

Front Page The sun sets behind a construction crane in Bangkok on November 8, 2022. File photo: Reuters/Athit Perawongmetha and published by CNA

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