Thailand considers coming up with tourist tax for foreign tourists

Thailand authorities are considering to introduce a tourist tax in a change to cover insurance for foreign travelers and assistance in order to improve local attractions.

The plan was initially recommended by the Thai Tourism and Sports Ministry after a new tourist act was announced on May 22. Stating to this progress, Tourism Permanent Secretary Chote Trachu said that the ministry is, in fact, holding meetings with Naresuan University and the Office of the Insurance Commission for showing a study of tourism tax, and finding a solution that is appropriate and puts a nominal impact on Thailand tourism.

Naresuan’s survey crew will be carrying out a check on samples across the world of effectively executed tax schemes and their significance. There are several countries that have applied such tax to fight the topic of ‘over tourism’.

Also, all the tourism stakeholders will be checked during the six-month study before a conclusion is made. During this period, the study will include reviewing the environmental effect of a large number of tourists in historical sites and aim to guarantee that sustainable tourism is adopted in the near future.

The official further said that the fee will be used as a safety amount to all the tourists in case they find themselves trapped in any unexpected incident. It is predicted that the fee will help to reduce their medical expenditures in the state.

Thailand is one of the most famous tourist destinations for travelers all around the globe. In 2018, Thailand recorded a footfall of around 38 million visitors, which is 7.5 per cent as compared to the previous year.

In case Thailand announces this additional tax, your trip is going to cost you extra in the coming days. So, you might as well prepone your dream trip!

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