The government is bringing forward the proposed 500 baht tourism fee, which would be used to improve tourist destinations and provide tourists with insurance benefits.
According to Yuthasak Supasorn, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) governor, the 500 baht fee which will be collected per person should start next year, with the aim of collecting 5 billion within the first year, assuming 10 million foreign arrivals in 2022.
Earlier this year, the National Tourism Policy Committee already gave the green light to start the fund with a proposed fee of 300 baht per person, Bangkok Post reported.
“The additional cost won’t have an impact on tourists as we want to focus on the quality market, Yuthasak said, adding that the “fund will support a national tourism makeover creating more safe and clean places.”
Bangkok Post reports that the Tourism Authority of Thailand the Tourism and Sports Ministry will discuss how to set up a fund committee and funding mechanisms, such as how to collect the fee from tourists.
Yuthasak said that the fund’s aim is to focus on long-term local economic growth and not to tackle the financial impact of the economic devastation of Covid-19.
Source: Bangkok Post
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