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Cabinet OKs new perks for tourism

Cabinet OKs new perks for tourism

BANGKOK: The economic Cabinet on Friday approved a new round of tourism measures, aiming for the number of foreign visitors to reach 39.8 million and generate B2.04 trillion baht this year.

By Bangkok Post

Saturday 12 October 2019, 10:21AM

Photo: TAT

Photo: TAT

Kobsak Pootrakool, Deputy Secretary-General to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha for Political Affairs, said the new tourism stimulus measures cover both short-term measures for this year and some for 2020. They will be submitted for Cabinet approval next week.

The government also set a target to attract 41.8 million foreign visitors and generate B2.2trn in tourism revenue next year.

Mr Kobsak said the short-term measures include free re-entry visas for foreign tourists who visit neighbouring countries by land, increased value-added tax (VAT) refund agents, more downturn VAT refund venues and VAT refunds in cash on the spot.

A measure to make it easier for the 150,000 expatriates in the country to travel nationwide without reporting to the authorities as required by Section 37 of the 1979 Immigration Act, also known as TM30, will also be introduced.

The rule requires foreigners who receive a long-term visas to report within 24 hours to authorities when they travel to other provinces that are not their residence.

Expats are also required to report their whereabouts every 90 days to the authorities.

Thailand charges B2,000 for single-entry visas lasting three months.

Companies will also be allowed to claim deductions of up to two times expenses if they organise seminars in the country.

Mr Kobsak said the government will open checkpoints with Laos and Malaysia around the clock during weekends and long holidays. This measure is to last three months.

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The Amazing Thailand Grand Sale is planned for three months – from Nov 1 to January – with discounts of up to 70%, Mr Kobsak said. Some 400 shops are expected to participate, up from 200 last year.

The event helped raise the spending of foreign visitors to B2,800 per day per person last year from normal spending of B1,250 per day.

For medium- and long-term measures, Mr Kobsak said the government aims to improve the standards of accommodation and safety, as well as increase the number of world heritage tourism spots.

Yuthasak Supasorn, governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, said his agency and related agencies will introduce mega events to lure foreign visitors and increase their spending.

These events include the Ultra-Trail, Amazing Thailand Marathon Series, MotoGP and Super GT races.

Concert events will include Tomorrow Land, Electric Daisy Carnival and the Ultra Music Festival.



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Kurt | 15 October 2019 - 13:41:36

Christy sweet, you are right. However, during last Phuket town Immigration visit after returning from abroad ( and passed less than 24 hrs Phuket airport immigration with TM6 Arrival card, with house address) there were no TM28 or TM29 forms in stock. Reaction Immigration: " Oh, you (foreigner) just fill out a TM30 form, that is ok". It is all so ridiculous, that whole TM form business.

Kurt | 14 October 2019 - 12:45:29

Let Expats/Retirees at Phuket airport, after return from abroad, hand these TM form to Immigration officer , together with TM6 Arrival card, on which is also filled out home address. Let's make a new Form! TM6-30!   Wow, sounds great, yes? Sure, Immigration officers will like it. After all, seeing 2x a Immigration officer within 24 hours after arrival from abroad is hilarious.

Kurt | 14 October 2019 - 12:28:38

April 2016, according Deputy Prime Minister Tanasak there are 400,000 - 450,000 'illegal' hotel rooms in Thailand. How many are that this moment, 2.5 years later? Seen the work ethos here, shall we, optimistically, say still about 225,000 rooms? That are a lot not working with TM30 reports.
That whole TM30 thing is domestically not water-tight. 

Christy Sweet | 13 October 2019 - 09:15:51

Good grief,  the TM-30 is a requirement of landlords, not expatriates, who'll file a TM-29 if they wish to comply with a "rule" that does not exist-reporting after travel to another province- or is it just a night at a hotel?  (Albeit, the TM-30 is identical in every other way to the TM-29.)

Kurt | 12 October 2019 - 13:47:53

When I compare the   double over-control of legal staying expats/retirees ( TM 30 AND 90 day reports) with that of free traveling thai insurgents of the Deep South all over Thailand, I miss national security priority setting of the Thai Government. Harassment of foreigners is a big word, but the feeling is there.

Kurt | 12 October 2019 - 13:38:44

Stop immediately that TM30 nonsense for Expats traveling inside Thailand. Than domestic traveling/spending expats will increase. When I live on Phuket, visiting BKK 4 days it should be enough when a BKK hotel reports this to Immigration. And by the way, what has Immigration actually to do with domestic traveling? And, how about control the moves of thai insurgents of the deep south?

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