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Bombs deal a blow to Hat Yai tourism sector

The car bomb attacks in Hat Yai, a popular tourist destination in Thailand, have hurt tourism and local business, leading more than half of 12,500 room bookings for Songkran to be cancelled.

Somchart Pimthanapoonporn, who heads the Songkhla Tourism Business Council and the Hat Yai-Songkhla Hoteliers Association, said it would take three to six months for the situation to return to normal.

"Operators not only in tourism but also other businesses are not confident in the security standard of the government," he said.

(Source: Bangkok Post)