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‘Tourism transformation fund’ to collect B500 fee per tourist

‘Tourism transformation fund’ to collect B500 fee per tourist

BANGKOK: The Tourism and Sports Ministry is poised to start collecting a B500 tourism fee for a “tourism transformation fund” next year, with the budget following a co-payment model.

By Bangkok Post

Monday 4 October 2021, 08:14AM

A tourist enjoys the scenic view in Mae Fah Luang Arboretum in Chiang Rai. Photo: Pongpet Mekloy

A tourist enjoys the scenic view in Mae Fah Luang Arboretum in Chiang Rai. Photo: Pongpet Mekloy

The Centre for Economic Situation Administration last week approved the creation of the fund, which is expected to subsidise projects that transform the industry, focusing on high-value and sustainable tourism, reports the Bangkok Post.

Yuthasak Supasorn, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) governor, said the fee collection of B500 per person should start next year, with the aim of collecting 5 billion within the first year, assuming 10 million foreign arrivals in 2022.

The National Tourism Policy Committee already gave the nod to start the fund earlier this year, with a proposed fee of B300 per person.

Mr Yuthasak said the additional B200 will be earmarked for: projects initiated by the private sector, community enterprises, or social enterprises that would like to transform their business to meet the fund’s strategy; helping the country restructure from mass tourism to high-value or a bio-, circular and green economic model; and environmentally concerned tourism.

“The projects should be co-creations and the government should use the fund to support projects that can create an economic impact. The proportion of public-private financial support could be 50:50, 60:40 or 70:30, depending on how much we want to make those projects happen,” he said.

The fund is also meant to budget insurance and development projects for foreign visitors that require government initiatives rather than the private sector, including those needing matching grants from local administrations, said Mr Yuthasak.

After the concept is approved, the Tourism and Sports Ministry and TAT are required to have discussions with related authorities about setting up the fund committee and funding mechanisms, such as how to collect the fee from tourists, he said.

The committee must develop a criteria to determine which projects are eligible for financial support.

“The additional cost won’t have an impact on tourists as we want to focus on the quality market,” said Mr Yuthasak.

“We hope this fund will support a national tourism makeover creating more safe and clean places.”

He said the fund’s objective is not to tackle the financial impact of the pandemic, but rather focus on long-term local economic growth.

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Christy Sweet | 06 October 2021 - 15:02:08

Sex workers, upon whom Thailand's tourist industry is based should rise up and start a union demanding a portion of these fees.  Call a strike and see how fast the request is met. Leave the quasi pimp "bar- fine" owners out of it. 

CaptainJack69 | 06 October 2021 - 13:36:29

@CDN: NA = North America? Last I checked that was a country.

Regardless, Kurts point about prices is true. NA is crazy expensive, why would Thailand be at the same level?

AND prices here vary wildly. PCR test for 600B is possible on Phuket, if you know where to go. If I was running a SHA+ hotel I would find out where to go.

Kurt | 06 October 2021 - 10:01:48

Every time the Thai entertainment girls/boys read about 'sustainability' and 'quality tourism', they start laughing. Why not call to life a National Entertainment girls/boys Committee, to advice Thai Government in normal tourist matters. Sure what come out of their hands is of better use than TAT ever can produce.  :-)

christysweet | 06 October 2021 - 08:09:01

Want cheap sex  or not? TAT knows what sells Thailand and could get any amount they asked for

Christy Sweet | 05 October 2021 - 19:21:07

While it's a reasonable fee,  once people realize the Phuket taxi is outrageously priced as are entry fees to parks and  health care - all aimed at Whitey, then it becomes SCAM-LAND

Kurt | 05 October 2021 - 11:44:18

.... Well, than we fantasize another new extra tourist tax to keep money flowing into the troughs.

Kurt | 05 October 2021 - 11:39:44

In this article a lot of hollow, ripping off, scamming, own pocket filling massage talk of Officials. A fund committee to study the fund mechanism how to collect the money. Guess they mean: a 'study' how to shuffle the money silently away for official next study 'How to spend the money'.  Oh Gee, after studies no more money for the 'objectives'. Well, than we fantasize anot...

Kurt | 05 October 2021 - 11:26:38

@CDN,...Found another SHA hotel nearby. Made a booking for family. 3 Rooms, 17 nights. Reasonable rates and PCR tests for 1100 THB per tests. So, being not ripped off is still possible in Thailand.

JohnC | 05 October 2021 - 10:23:35

@kurt. Pays to get your facts straight before having a dig at other's comments. CDN didn't compare anything to America, not unless the greenback has suddenly dropped to about 20 Baht to the dollar and the US now has a new state with the abbreviation of NA.

JohnC | 05 October 2021 - 10:15:33

Officials finding it hard to make ends meet without all those usual kickbacks and bribes? No problem, introduce a new "fee" to slug tourists on arrival and call it something creative to make it sound legit.

Timothy | 05 October 2021 - 08:20:49

Nasa is right. It doesn't matter how much money the locals in charge get, they still don't make any  improvements at all. They don't care about what tourists might like or want. They just like or want all the money they can pilfer. Giving them more won't make a difference for Phuket. But they will have some nicer cars/houses/vacations. There is no planning or oversight. Corruption ...

Kurt | 05 October 2021 - 00:30:21

@CDN, don't compare with USA. My global insurance exclude US in coverage cause of he ridiculous health costs. In my home country is a compulsory PCR test free of charge. A private wanted test cost you 26.5 Euro, that is about 1000 THB. It's reasonable Thai government wants to test, but test fares in this country have to be reasonable too. Oh, yes, I found at walking distance another SHA ho...

CaptainJack69 | 04 October 2021 - 12:53:46

How do they determine who is and who isn't a "tourist". Oh, never mind, all non-Thai nationals are tourists, right? But wait, aren't we expected to believe that domestic tourism can support the economy during this pandemic? How much will they be charged then?

CaptainJack69 | 04 October 2021 - 12:49:32

"The committee must develop a criteria to determine which projects are eligible for financial support."

LOL. You mean so it doesn't all go on Somchai's new Mercedes?

CDN loves Phuket | 04 October 2021 - 10:31:42

So, you are going to punish a SHA hotel for a fee that is mandatory for all tourists to pay for the PCR tests (2800 baht X 3 tests per person)? This is not the hotel's choice. And a PCR test in NA is $200+ which is roughly 4000 baht. Perfectly reasonable for Thai govt to want to test people during sandbox

Fascinated | 04 October 2021 - 10:28:32

A lot of hot air but little of substance. Instead of sorting out something like dual pricing lets introduce another Tourist Tax instead. Well done TT for shooting its self in the foot again- I bet it won't be audited.

Kurt | 04 October 2021 - 09:53:09

Thai Government and TAT, don't 'skip' steps! Now, show us first what you did with the money you took many years as 'airport tax' and 'hotel tourist tax'. For what many years it has been used? Where did the many years collected billions THB go? Open the books, give a insight!

Kurt | 04 October 2021 - 09:07:21

The Thai keep scamming foreigners. Nothing is to crazy/to much.  I did approach a 3 star compulsory SHA hotel in Chalong for family from overseas to visit me. The hotel rate is reasonable. But per person must be 8000THB paid for PCR tests to the hotel!!!  If that is no scamming, than what is it? Clear that this hotel not gets my booking for 4 persons.

Kurt | 04 October 2021 - 08:52:59

Complete idiot to bring up this extra foreign tourist tax idea during this Pandemic time the country struggles to get even a few tourists.. Don't forget there are already airport- and hotel taxes tourist pay! Suggestion: Have your tourist facilities first in good order/erected, now there are none.,before you charge tourists for something what not even exists.

Nasa12 | 04 October 2021 - 08:30:11

They have been charging tax on tourists for many years. Still in Phuket there are no toilet/change room/shower facilities on the beaches. There are no proper parking areas at the beaches. The beaches are run by jet ski/parasail mafia. There is no decent public transportation. Taxi mafia are allowed to charge whatever they want. Untreated wastewater flows directly into the sea. 


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