BANGKOK — Thailand’s Minister of Sports and Tourism says that cleaning public restrooms in major transport hubs across the country is a top priority for the agency this year.
Officials will hold a nationwide cleaning of restrooms in bus terminals, train stations, and ferry ports on 4 July, said Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul. The ceremony, titled "Big Cleaning Day," will be jointly overseen by the Ministry of Sports and Tourism and Ministry of Public Health.
Dirty toilets at public transport facilities have been source of complaints for many Thais, though some agencies have moved to improve the situation in recent years. For example, the State Railway of Thailand announced in March that it will overhaul restrooms in train stations and toilets on trains over the next six months.
Kobkarn also asked the Cabinet to encourage bureaucrats and members of the public to wear dresses made from local fabric every Friday in order to promote awareness about the local textile industry and boost sales.
According to Kobkarn, the number foreign tourists arrivals between January – March 2015 was 24 percent higher than the same period last year.