Published on : Saturday, January 22, 2022
For many, New Year means new travel plans. With the world slowly opening up their destinations, probably it’s the best time to start plotting for the next impending trip – and that includes all the nitty-gritty.
Even though tourist tax is not a new thing, the adversity posed by travel restriction during COVID-19 and an increased focus on sustainability have compelled the governments as well as airlines to announce additional fees for travellers worldwide.
In 2022, we round up the travel and tourism taxes of Thailand, Venice and Netherlands.
Thailand – From April, visitors to Thailand will have to fork out an extra 300 baht ($9) as the country is launching a foreign tourist fee.
Officials have explained that the fee will be utilized to grow & expand the attractions and cover accident insurance for travellers from abroad who are not able to bear the cost on their own. One of the most popular travel destinations in Asia, Thailand was impacted massively, reporting about 20,000 arrivals in 2021, compared with nearly 40 million in 2019.
Venice –To cancel overcrowding, Venice, the lagoon city, is introducing a tourist tax of up to €10 ($11) a day.
For long, authorities have struggled with huge crowds spilling over the narrow streets of this iconic city. The recent move to preserve the fragile ecosystem of Venice is set to restrain the over-tourism it suffered in pre-pandemic years.
Netherlands – It’s not only governments that are adding an extra fee in Netherlands to foreign travel in 2022.
Earlier this month, Air France-KLM has also introduced a hike to ticket prices to help fund the extra cost of using sustainable aviation fuel.