Thailand Tourism Committee approves 300 Baht tourism fee
- 18 January 2021
The 300 Baht Fee which has now been approved by the National Tourism Policy Committee will also include a laughable 35 Baht insurance premium (US$1) to provide health coverage for the visitor, APA reports citing Intellasia.
It really gets old to follow the ever-repeating measures some people in the Thai government come up with as proposals and usually they get shot down in the end on the advise of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) because they would have an adverse effect.
This time the feed has actually been decided and approved at least in theory by a body called the National Tourism Policy Committee today.
The National Tourism Policy Committee has approved the proposed guidelines for the collection of a 300-baht tourism fee from each international visitor for the management of local tourist destinations.
The money will also be used to provide insurance benefits to international tourists visiting the country.
Tourism and Sports minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said each foreign visitor will be charged $10 (300 baht) per visit. The details of the fee collection will be announced in the Royal Gazette once the policy has taken effect.
According to Phiphat, Thailand expects to receive some 10 million visitors this year.
He said the merit of the 300-baht tourism fee is that foreign tourists who fall sick or are injured will be taken care of and given adequate medical care. Of the 300-baht fee, 34 baht is expected to be used for the insurance coverage, Phiphat said.
The fee collection is in line with the revised National Tourism Policy Act, which authorises the ministry to impose a tourism fee for use in developing local destinations and providing insurance coverage to foreign tourists.