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Civil Servants Get 2 More Holidays, But Only If They Travel

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Government employees will get two additional vacation days, but only if they travel somewhere on those holidays.

The Cabinet this week approved the two additional days of leave for civil servants and employees of government agencies and state enterprises who have registered with the government’s subsidized “We Travel Together” campaign to promote domestic tourism.

Government spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri said Tuesday that the proposal, which also applies to contract workers, requires that they sign up for We Travel Together and actually plan to travel to another province and use the program to book hotels and airfares.

The government has admitted that We Travel Together has been a flop, with only a fraction of the authorized 5 millon hotel rooms booked. It recently expanded eligibility for the program and is now giving government workers additional time off to take advantage of it.

The government also has suggested additional national holidays in November for everyone to spur domestic tourism.