Published on : Wednesday, October 6, 2021
From 2022, Thailand will enforce a tourism fee that is intended to subsidize tourism-related projects.
The 500-baht fee (about $14) will be for a “tourism transformation fund.” This fee will help in the transformation of the industry of Thailand from mass tourism and focus more on eco-friendly tourism, the Bangkok Post reported. Yuthasak Supasorn, the Tourism Authority of Thailand governor, explained that in the first year, this drive will collect almost 5 billion baht.
“The projects should be co-creations and the government should use the fund to support projects that can create an economic impact,” Supasorn told the Bangkok Post, adding, “The additional cost won’t have an impact on tourists as we want to focus on the quality market… We hope this fund will support a national tourism makeover creating more safe and clean places.”
However, it’s not yet determined the way this fee will be collected from tourists arriving from foreign countries. Also, a committee must decide on the way these projects are deemed eligible for financial support.
For 2022 tourism, Thailand has slowly reopened its borders to foreign tourists. In July, the country opened the Phuket Sandbox program, followed by the Samui Plus program on Ko Samui.