Thailand ditches proposed tourism fee

Thailand ditches proposed tourism fee

Thursday, 13 Jun, 2024 0

The Thai government has abandoned plans to levy the THB300 tourism fee for travellers.

Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin recently confirmed it would be scrapped during a visit to Chiang Mai.

It was ditched in the hope that would encourage spending in other areas, and to appease the tourism industry.

“Its elimination could encourage higher tourist spending in other areas, thereby providing a more substantial boost to the economy,” the Government Public Relations Department said.

The fee was approved by the previous government in 2023, but implementation was delayed several times.

Thailand has since taken other measures to boost tourism numbers like reciprocal visa free arrangements and offering longer visa stays for tourists.

Travellers from 93 countries are allowed to stay for up to 60 days on a tourist visa.

Thailand hopes to welcome up to 40 million foreign visitors this year 

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