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PM aims to promote tourism in deep south

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin is in the southernmost province of Yala today, to promote tourism and economic development in the region.

He is expected to meet with local residents and authorities to listen to their needs and problems. He also plans to visit various tourist attractions, as part of his first official visit to the region since taking office.

Srettha began his three-day official visit in Pattani province yesterday, home to the Krue Se mosque, the site of a massacre in 2004 in which 32 people were killed by Thai security forces following a day-long siege.

Security has been tightened and Srettha reportedly travelled in Pattani in a bulletproof vehicle. During his visit, he toured the Pattani Central Mosque and participated in religious activities.

Srettha wrote on his X post that he is amazed by the beauty of the mosque, “…apart from its magnificence and religious significance, the architecture is so beautiful that it is dubbed the Taj Mahal of Thailand”.

Srettha told reporters that his focus during the visit to the provinces is on creating opportunities to stimulate the economy and enhance tourism.

Tomorrow, he is scheduled to visit Narathiwat province.

He pointed out that the three restive provinces in the south boast numerous tourist attractions, which he referred to as ‘hidden gems’ awaiting visitors. The government aims to develop these provinces into tourism centres. Currently, the region attracts approximately 1.68 million tourists annually, with only 15% of them being foreigners.

The region offers many internationally familiar products, such as Halal food and batik clothing, which will be promoted to increase investment. Additionally, a one-stop-service centre has been established at the Betong customs house in Yala to facilitate business.

Furthermore, the government intends to promote cultures, religion, traditions and knowledge among the people, to foster greater understanding and peaceful coexistence. “Peace is crucial for the prosperity of both the country and its citizens,” said Srettha.

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