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Thailand works to reopen for investors and tourists next year

Deputy PM maintains wait-and-see stance whether to join TPP

A tourist wearing a protective mask sits on a social distancing seat as she waits for her flight at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International airport.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Thailand is making plans to reopen the country for foreign tourists and investors early next year, expecting them to help reenergize an economy made lackluster by the coronavirus pandemic.

Supattanapong Punmeechaow, the deputy prime minister who oversees economic issues, said the government is brainstorming how to prepare for resuming international flights and relaxing other quarantine rules.

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