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Somsak Pureesrisak, the new tourism and sports minister, says tourist safety will take priority under his watch. 

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"If Thailand is not a safe destination in the eyes of foreign tourists, it is useless to invest hundreds of billions of baht to promote Thai tourism," he told a group of reporters as he marked his first official day on the job on Friday.

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