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Tourists return to Betong after emergency decree lifted

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The lifting of the emergency decree in the southernmost Betong district of Yala province has brought tourists back with hotel operators reporting full occupancy during long weekends and festive season.

The emergency decree was lifted by the Fourth Army Region after the situation in this southern town bordering Malaysia has improved gradually.

Fourth Army Region commander Lt-Gen Piyawat Nakwanich

Fourth Army Region commander Lt-Gen Piyawat Nakwanich visited Betong on Sunday where he was briefed on the general situation of the town by local authorities.

Local authorities and business operators said the situation has improved gradually after the decree was lifted.

Hotel operators also said hotel bookings were fully booked during long weekend and festive season, he said.

Lt Gen Piyawat said the improvement of the situation has reflected the Deep South was not dangerous area and authorities could control the situation.

The southern army commander expressed confidence that the situation this year in the deep South will steadily and satisfactorily improve, he said.

Lt Gen Piyawat however said that although the situation would improve, local authorities remain on alert to take care of government offices, and Betong airport, and checkpoints would still be setup to check passing vehicles to ensure full security.

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