Tourism and Sports Minister Phipat Ratchakitprakarn said Thursday that their proposal to collect a 300 baht fee to all tourists entering Thailand got approval from the National Tourism Policy Committee.
Once the measure is published in the Royal Gazette, every tourist has to pay the online fee, and the money collected will go to the tourism promotion fund.
According to Phipat, the 300 baht fee would help fund the management and development of Thai tourism, as well as insurance for foreign tourists during their stay.
The next step is for state agencies to draw up details of the fee collection, The Nation reported.
Thailand expects to welcome about 10 million foreign tourists this year.
Meanwhile, the committee also viewed the status of the Special Tourist Visa (STV) scheme, which came into effect in September last year, added The Nation in their report.
As of January 11, a total of 1,114 tourists had entered Thailand on STVs, with another 123 set to arrive this month.
Source: The Nation
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