Thailand to levy tourist tax on visitors from next year

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Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. The country, which received more tourists than any other destination in the world in 2019, is a desirable destination for most international tourists.

Visa-free entry for most nationalities along with a favorable exchange rate against most major currencies helps make Thailand an extremely attractive holiday destination for nationals of most countries.

Thailand, however, is trying to reposition itself – from its status as a low-budget tourist destination attracting tourist masses to one that attracts fewer tourists but spends a lot. The country is preparing to introduce a tourism tax in 2022, with the aim of achieving the transformation of its tourism industry.

GRADUAL REOPENING OF LA THALANDE

Banned for over a year due to prolonged border closures, travelers from South Africa and other parts of the world are eager to once again visit Thailand’s bustling cities, exotic islands and idyllic tropical beaches. .

While Thailand has started to ease entry restrictions for foreign nationals, thanks to its Phuket Sandbox and Samui Plus initiatives, the Land of Smiles is still not fully open as a tourist destination, as international visitors are still faced with a type of quarantine and movement restrictions.

The lack of international visitors weighs heavily on the Southeast Asian country. Thailand welcomed more than 40 million tourists in 2019. In 2020, its tourism revenue fell 83%, with the number of tourists dropping from 40 million in 2019 to just 6.7 million visitors.

LA THALANDE WILL TAKE THE TOURIST TAX

According to the Bangkok Post, visitors to the Kingdom of Thailand will be charged 500 Thai baht (R212) as a tourist tax from next year. This tax is likely to be collected from visitors when they enter the country.

Thailand’s National Tourism Policy Committee approved the new tourism tax earlier this year, when the proposed fee was 300 baht (R121) per person.

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor Yuthasak Supasorn said an additional 200 baht will be collected to fund private sector projects in the country’s tourism sector.

TRANSFORMING THALANDS TOURISM

The new tourism tax would help Thailand’s tourism transformation fund. The fund will support projects that transform the country’s tourism industry, with a focus on creating sustainable and high value-added tourism.

It is said that the fund will help Thailand lead initiatives that tackle environmental rehabilitation as Thailand tries to restructure itself from being a mass tourist destination.

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