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Tourism fee of B300 set for Q3

BUSINESS: The B300 tourism fee is scheduled to begin being collected between August and September this year using the Thailand Tourism Fee (TTF) system implemented by airlines.

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By Bangkok Post

Friday 29 April 2022, 09:30AM


Travelers at Suvarnabhumi airport in Samut Prakan earlier this month. Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul

Travelers at Suvarnabhumi airport in Samut Prakan earlier this month. Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul

Airlines raised concerns about the budget for the system and manpower to handle the process, as they are still struggling with the pandemic impact and weak passenger flows, reporst the Bangkok Post.

“The tourism fee is in line with the revised National Tourism Policy Act of 2008, which granted permission to set up the fund from the fees collected from foreign visitors. The fund will be used to develop tourist sites and offer tourists insurance,” said Chote Trachu, permanent secretary of the Tourism and Sports Ministry.

He said the fee is meant to help tourists in case of emergency, such as a sudden sickness, accident or political unrest while travelling in Thailand.

Mongkon Wimonrat, assistant tourism permanent secretary, said the TTF system will integrate with airlines’ websites to display an additional screen for fee collection for foreign passport holders.

People exempt from the tourism fee collection include diplomats, government officials, people with work permits from nationalities under a memorandum of understanding with Thailand, and children under 2 years old.

Speaking at a meeting with airlines yesterday, Mr Mongkon said airlines have to help screen tourists who pay the fee before issuing tickets, submitting the final passenger manifest to the data link 15 minutes after flights take off.

The TTF system activates 30-day insurance coverage for tourists once they arrive.

He said local and international airlines are invited to register for the experimental process starting May 2.

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Mr Mongkon said the ministry will offer a training programme on the TTF system and perform test runs on the system after the fee collection is published in the Royal Gazette.

Airlines have to prepare software to connect with the TTF system and communicate with tourists to educate them about the new fee, he said.

The fee is imposed on air travellers first, before expansion to other forms of transport in the near future.

One airline representative who requested anonymity said airlines have to focus on the recovery process by boosting frequencies to Thailand, especially after further rules relaxation on May 1.

This new system and fee responsibility will require airlines to use resources to work with the TTF System, said the source.

Each country may also have a different policy regarding the Personal Data Protection Act, creating practical challenges for airlines.

The ministry is urged to provide more clarification on the insurance policy provided, such as the minimum and maximum coverage for tourist injury or fatality, said the source.

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christysweet | 01 May 2022 - 18:02:25

So if the scam is a small amount it's OK?  Quantitative ethics in action. TiT!! 

ematt | 01 May 2022 - 16:13:29

Phuket loser squad moaning about 300 baht. They must be broke AF.

Pooliekev | 01 May 2022 - 16:09:58

You foreigners! Everything is a scam even if it's a small amount. Do you think Thailand is run on charity?

Ash Ward | 01 May 2022 - 11:19:44

This insurance idea is just stupid. Arrivals have to have full travel insurance to apply for the Thailand Pass, so its another Thai govenment scam.

Kurt | 01 May 2022 - 03:01:47

As usual unpractical Thai desk tigers coming up with unworkable bureaucratic idiotism. And as usual trying to let 3rd parties ( in this case airlines) doing the job for them because they themself can't executive these matters due to lack of education and operational skills.

CaptainJack69 | 29 April 2022 - 12:27:52

So now it's insurance? That's new. Guess they realized no one was swallowing their "improve tourist locations" story. Damn right they need to be transparent with the details because, well why not just have mandatory insurance? Also, not everyone without a work permit is a tourist. Also how are the airlines going to manage checking work permits? No this is too silly.

 

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