BANGKOK, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- Hotel rooms in Thailand's southern tourist haven of Hat Yai are at full occupancy, now fully booked, mostly by tourists for the Chinese New Year this weekend, the Thai News Agency reported on Friday.
Somchart Pimthanapoonporn, president of the Hat Yai-Songkhla Hotel Association, said Hat Yai's business district is lively and the city has been festooned with Chinese-style decorations ahead of the city's Chinese New Year 2013.
He said all the city's hotel rooms are fully booked for the Feb. 10-16 festival, with an increased inflow of both domestic and international tourists feeling confident about the government's security measures.
He said combined forces of police, soldiers and civilians have been deployed across the city round the clock and checkpoints have been set up to ensure safety for local residents and tourists as part of the stiff security measures to prevent any untoward incident by insurgent groups.
About 6.7 million U.S. dollars is expected to be circulated during the upcoming festivities, said the association president.