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Tourism Ministry considers collecting tourism fees

 

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BANGKOK(NNT) - The Ministry of Tourism and Sport has introduced the idea of collecting fees from international visitors for the renovation of tourism attractions and natural resources, as well as providing insurance benefits specifically for tourists.

 

The Tourism Ministry recently held its first workshop to gather opinions from government agencies and private companies working in tourism, as well as insurance companies and revolving funds.

 

Most of the participants say the measure must be introduced at an appropriate time to minimize distruption of the national tourism scene.

 

They have also requested more details of the plan to use fees collected for attraction renovation and insurance benefits.

 

The Ministry of Tourism and Sports will be holding another session to gather more opinions, and will collate all sugestions and submit them to Thailand’s Tourism Fund’s board, the National Tourism Policy Committee, and ultimately to the Cabinet for consideration.

 

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12 minutes ago, webfact said:

They have also requested more details of the plan to use fees collected for attraction renovation

 I guess after washing down Walking Street in Pattaya the question came up "now who is going to pay for it?"

Obviously a 10,000,000 baht project, at least, to pay for all those brooms. 

 

 

 

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They increased the arrival and departure tax a couple of years ago to provide medical costs if a tourist was injured and tourists already get hit with dual pricing.  Tourism must be bad if they are going to hit the remaining ones even harder.

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Thai economics 101; tax everyone else for loss of revenue. Also wouldn't be surprised to see prices go up across the board; i.e. hotels, restaurateurs etc. It'll cost em in the end, though, people will just go next door for value.

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55 minutes ago, bendejo said:

 I guess after washing down Walking Street in Pattaya the question came up "now who is going to pay for it?"

Obviously a 10,000,000 baht project, at least, to pay for all those brooms. 

 

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Surely this would be more environmentally friendly, less expensive and more efficient tooperate

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Will it be an entry tax on those on SETVs/METV, Visa exempt or will be collected on all non Thai passport holders on exit?

Where are the safeguards and guidelines that money goes into tourist development only? Not used to buy cars for employees of government agencies and Tourist Police

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More fees to divvy up.

One for you

One for me

One for you

Two for me

.........................

I need a new BMW

One for you

Five for me.

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So in a period where the number of visitors is declining, Thailand is going to charge the remaining people with more <deleted> fees ? Yep, it is clear the Thai authorities have no clue how to actually reverse the trend. 

 

You cannot fix stupid. 

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1 hour ago, bangkokfrog said:

Foreigners already pay "tourism fees" in the form of dual pricing.

There is already a fee included in the ticket price (use to be paid on departure but now collected at time ticket is purchased - 700 baht or something thereabouts).

 

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23 minutes ago, YetAnother said:

why not just have 'greeters' at the airport with their open hands out demanding money ? that is their deep intent anyway 

A beautifully decorated tip box (with a big 'TIPS' hand written on the front of the box on duct tape, and a wide slot)  and a short skirt pretty should be fine. 

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Tourism minister should charge when the tourist is about to vacate the country, 

a 20 baht fee, with the millions who come in and  return, such a small stamp fee on their boarding pass, 

no one will give it a thought after a week of leaving, 

There's your renovation, insurance paid for, then you can play fair on entry for all parks for  all peoples to be charged the same entry fee.

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They obviously need outside help to reverse the trend but are too proud to engage such or too stupid to know that "they really need help".

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Somebody read the governmental memo upside down....Thailand should rather be paying tourists to come as the future of tourism is doomed in Thailand between the CornaV, the strong currency, harsh immigration policies, just to mention a few....

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9 minutes ago, leeneeds said:

Tourism minister should charge when the tourist is about to vacate the country, 

a 20 baht fee, with the millions who come in and  return, such a small stamp fee on their boarding pass, 

no one will give it a thought after a week of leaving, 

There's your renovation, insurance paid for, then you can play fair on entry for all parks for  all peoples to be charged the same entry fee.

there already is a 700 baht departure fee built into your ticket when you buy it.   clearly, that is not enough to satisfy the greedheads,  so i doubt 20 would do the trick. 

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Surely the clown who thought up this needs to see a shrink.

Thailand has been scaring off tourists in recent years, and now they are determined to finish off tourism for ever.

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5 minutes ago, observer90210 said:

Somebody read the governmental memo upside down....Thailand should rather be paying tourists to come as the future of tourism is doomed in Thailand between the CornaV, the strong currency, harsh immigration policies, just to mention a few....

Don't you remember?They already suggested that idea.

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1 hour ago, RJRS1301 said:

Surely this would be more environmentally friendly, less expensive and more efficient tooperate

 

Yes, for the first 6 months... Then it would have a mechanical fault and no-one would have the budget to fix it.

Back to brooms...

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2 hours ago, bendejo said:

 I guess after washing down Walking Street in Pattaya the question came up "now who is going to pay for it?"

Obviously a 10,000,000 baht project, at least, to pay for all those brooms. 

 

 

 

 

Reminded me of a classic...

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAh8HryVaeY

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Who ARE these people? Tourism is falling , and now Corona Virus ,a overvalued baht ,immigrarion TM30s hindering internal travel etc etc etc and they want ANOTHER tax? 👏 Well done! you are definitely worth the money they are paying you!🙄🤣

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Thailand earns over 20% of the countries GDP from tourism, what have they been doing with it all these years

 

you buy a ticket for a plane train bus - pay a bill for taxi hotel etc - spend while here as a tourist 

 

Now they want tourists to buy ticket to enter the country lol

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1 hour ago, RJRS1301 said:

Will it be an entry tax on those on SETVs/METV, Visa exempt or will be collected on all non Thai passport holders on exit?

Where are the safeguards and guidelines that money goes into tourist development only? Not used to buy cars for employees of government agencies and Tourist Police

Shhh! don't give them ideas.They'll announce an arrival AND departure tax next along with a medical tax and a tax to upgrade tourist spots 🤣

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