Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has rejected calls from domestic businesses to lift the martial law.

In a press conference on October 7, he affirmed that the martial law would continue until sweeping nation reforms are in place.

According to Prayuth, the martial law is necessary to maintain peace, order and public safety for all people as there are still secret anti-coup protests.

The martial law has been maintain since the army toppled former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and seized power in a coup on May 22.

Travel agencies said the measure deter foreign visitors to the country.

Tourist arrivals to Thailand dropped seven percent in September from a year earlier, following a decline of 11.9 percent in August.-VNA