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The Cabinet is set to rule on whether Thailand will start charging international tourists a fee to enter the country.

 

According to Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, the Cabinet will be asked to consider implementing the fee, dubbed the “Thailand Traveller Fee”, during a meeting scheduled for some time in October.

 

Mr Phiphat said that a study into the proposed fee is set to be completed within the coming days before it will be presented to the Cabinet.

 

Full Story: https://www.huahintoday.com/thailand-news/cabinet-set-to-decide-on-300-baht-fee-for-foreign-tourists/

 

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1 hour ago, DezLez said:

That is my point!

 

You do not "develop" or increase tourism by increasing costs unless you are giving the tourist an increased benefit.

 

Where is the increased "benefit" to a tourist in increasing their charges, especially if they already have travel insurance?.

 

I believe TAT will loose more than they will gain.

Singapore has a charge too. Nobody stops visiting Singapore. 

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4 hours ago, internationalism said:

..., how many tourists will neglect buying proper travel/health insurance because they will think they are sufficiently covered?

 

The stupid ones...

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7 hours ago, Sparktrader said:

What if u book plane ticket 6 months on advance?

 

Fees only work if part of ticket price.

 

Airlines would need time to implement.

So, I did book my flight many weeks ago can I still be charged with this? I am not worried about the 300 baht but maybe the held up at customs

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39 minutes ago, webfact said:

 

 

Apps ?? Websites ??? Oh Gawd.....

 

Why complicate it. Just add to airfare as they do for the exit fee...

Immigration can be busy at the best of times, why add delays with kiosks ??

 

 

 

 

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They already do have a fee at least it shows on a recent ticket I bought a month ago

So I guess they are actually raising it ? Or maybe these are all just Ana airlines fees?

That last one is 743 baht for Thailand Passenger Service Charge

 

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8 hours ago, DezLez said:

That is my point!

 

You do not "develop" or increase tourism by increasing costs unless you are giving the tourist an increased benefit.

 

Where is the increased "benefit" to a tourist in increasing their charges, especially if they already have travel insurance?.

 

I believe TAT will loose more than they will gain.

It'll all go into "sompeople's" pockets anyway.

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10 hours ago, scorecard said:

There was a report a few months back saying the purpose of the 300Baht fee was to develop tourism.

As far as I can remember, some of the 300Baht was to provide medical insurance for travellers.  Whatever it was for, to take 300baht before they've even collected their luggage is a bit below the belt.

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Do Thais returning from overboard or just visiting need to pay too? What about expats that live in Thailand? Don’t tell me Thais don’t need to pay and all others do

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1 hour ago, Fairynuff said:

The cash cow is coming back…..let’s milk it dry

Mooooooooo! How many squillion gazillion baht will this put in the trough?

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4 hours ago, webfact said:

the fee will serve to fund tourism development.

I think you’ll find that tourism funds tourism development. 

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13 hours ago, DezLez said:

Have they published what is the projected loss of overall revenue if fewer visitors arrive due to the fee?

It would be zero, as no-one would notice it or even care about 300 baht added to an airfare that costs thousands. Many, many countries impose fees, sometimes as in the UK amounting to hundreds of pounds.

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