Emergency in Bangkok ends as protests ease

March 19, 2014 - 11:00:02 am
BANGKOK: Thailand announced yesterday the end of a nearly two-month state of emergency in Bangkok and surrounding areas, hoping to lure back foreign visitors following an easing of deadly political protests.

The use of emergency rule dealt a blow to the tourism industry during what is usually peak season, and raised fears of a drop in foreign investment.

The state of emergency will be replaced by the Internal Security Act from today until April 30, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s office said.

“We’re confident that we can handle the situation so the cabinet agreed to revoke the state of emergency as requested by many parties,” Yingluck told reporters.

“The cancellation is to build confidence in the economy and the tourism sector,” she said.

International tourist arrivals were down roughly eight percent last month from a year earlier, with Bangkok’s airports seeing a drop of more than 18 percent, according to official figures. AFP