The emergency decree which has been in place in Bangkok and some surrounding districts since January has formally been lifted today. The decision comes just a few weeks after the main anti-government protest group announced they would be scaling back their activities. Although the emergency decree has now ended, Bangkok will be covered by the Internal Security Act (ISA) and Thailand’s long-running political disputes remain far from being resolved. A host of legal actions and potential counter-actions are set to take place over the next month or so, but the ending of the emergency decree is still being viewed as a positive step.
The decision to end the state of emergency in the Thai capital has been welcomed by tourist authorities and businesses in Thailand. The president of the Association of Thai Travel Agents said, “It is certainly good for the tourism business. We can say that Thailand, especially Bangkok, now is back to normal”.