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Domestic travel gets tax break push

BANGKOK: The national government has relaunched its domestic travel push with Thais to gain a tax benefit when they travel to designated provinces this year.

tourismeconomicsTTR Weekly

Monday 8 January 2018, 03:55PM

Sunflower field at Nong Khaem in Lop Buri. Photo: TAT

Sunflower field at Nong Khaem in Lop Buri. Photo: TAT

The tax break is an incentive to promote travel to what the government calls secondary provinces.

The Thai Cabinet announced the approval of personal income tax breaks late last month, allowing travellers to claim up to B15,000 on their annual tax returns in 2018.

The tax break is valid for travel expenses for hotel, homestay and tour operator expenses to destinations in 55 “secondary provinces” from Jan 1 through Dec 31, 2018.

The “secondary provinces” do not include already popular tourist destinations, such as Phuket, Phang Nga, Krabi, Surat Thani (including Koh Samui), Hua Hin and Cha am and Kanchanaburi, as well as Chonburi (including Pattaya) and Rayong.

However, they do include almost all provinces in the Northeast and North Thailand, except Khon Kaen and Chiang Mai.

Similar incentives were first introduced 2010 when tourism was in the doldrums due to a political crisis and again in 2014, 2015 and 2016 to spur the economy.

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The 2018 New Year holiday travel boom should see tourism receipts from foreign and Thai tourists reach B34.15 billion, up 12.5% year-on-year, during this year’s festive season closing on Jan 3.

Tourism earnings over the festive season improved due to resurgence in the China market, after poor performance in 2016, blamed on the “zero-dollar” tour package crackdown.

Economic policy think-tank KResearch estimates that foreign tourism receipts during the holiday week will total B22.87bn, rising 15% year-on-year, and that Thais will contribute an estimated B11.28bn, up 6.9% on last year.


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DeKaaskopp | 09 January 2018 - 14:39:26

Good idea from the government to promote lesser known parts of Thailand.There are so many places still to explore in Thailand.Thailand is blessed with so much beauty,much more than a city state called Singapore.

Kurt | 09 January 2018 - 11:52:52

Well history shows that...Give them bread and games... at the end is bouncing back.
Specially in a country were from high till low salary level so many house holds are in deep depts.

Perhaps PN resident experts see it a bit more clear with their education background ?
And if that is difficult to swallow, than just look to another asian country nearby, Singapore! Education wise, top class!


ematt | 09 January 2018 - 09:53:33

Meanwhile, I am astonished that the Thai government continues to implement policies without checking with PN resident experts first. How silly of them!

Kurt | 08 January 2018 - 16:15:41

I am astonished how present government play Santa Claus in the new year.
All these tax breaks, give me a break. Who can check on it?
It looks like the Junta starts 'feel good' election massage very early.
Remember, at the end you still have to pay what you not pay now.

High speed trains + tracks, sub marines, armoured cars and tanks for display, someone, YOU, have to paid first.


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