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Tourist tax B300 deferred

Tourist tax B300 deferred

The Ministry wants to study the arrivals on the ground

Passengers at Suvarnabhumi Airport are undergoing immigration procedures under the Thai Pass system, which is expected to be canceled on July 1.  (Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)

Passengers at Suvarnabhumi Airport are undergoing immigration procedures under the Thai Pass system, which is expected to be canceled on July 1. (Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)

According to the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the 300 baht tourist tax will be introduced with a delay starting no earlier than the fourth quarter, while the cancellation of the Thai Pass is expected from July 1.

“Collecting fees from tourists arriving by land requires further study, such as determining whether the fee should be less than 300 baht, since the average stay of these visitors is only 1-2 nights,” said Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, Minister of Tourism and sports. .

Tourism fees were previously on the agenda of this week’s cabinet meeting, but the ministry has withdrawn a proposal to deal with the collection of land entry fees.

He said the ministry plans to re-submit the proposal to the cabinet within two months, with fee collection to begin 90 days after publication in the newspaper. royal newspaper. According to Mr. Fifat, the start date for the collection of fees is likely to be moved from August to September in the last quarter of this year, or at the latest in the first quarter of 2023.

The ministry also plans to propose June 17 to the Covid-19 Situation Management Center (CCSA) to stop registration of the Thai Pass for foreign visitors from July 1.

“Removing the Thai Pass system means that tourists no longer need to buy travel insurance, which should make travel more convenient,” he said.

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor Yuthasak Supasorn said the agency will discuss other urgent requests with tour operators this Friday before the next CCSA meeting.

TAT organized Thailand Travel Mart Plus 2022 in Phuket from June 8 to 10, the first time in over two years for an international trade event. The fair is expected to generate tourism revenue of 1.29 billion baht from more than 8,000 business meetings, he said.

The event is attended by 264 local sellers, of which 229 are hoteliers, and 276 international buyers from 45 countries, of which 45.7% are new participants.

Mr. Yutasak said the agency has prepared a plan to boost the domestic market by expanding the “We Travel Together” hotel subsidy scheme, which includes 1.5 million room nights funded by the budget balance from the fourth phase. The system should be ready for new bookings by July 1, and local tourists will be able to travel from July 8 to October 31.

Mr Phipkhat said that the possibility of a fifth phase with an additional 1.5 million nights would depend on the decision of the Ministry of Finance.

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