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Sunday 16 June 2024

Thailand abandons plan for travel tax

The Thai Government has abandoned long-mooted plans to impose a tourism tax on visitors.

Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has confirmed the proposed THB 300 ($12) levy is to be scrapped, Travel Mole reports.

The tax was approved by a previous government in 2023. It has been dropped in the hope visitors to Thailand will instead spend more money in the tourism sector.

“Its elimination could encourage higher tourist spending in other areas, thereby providing a more substantial boost to the economy,” the Government Public Relations Department said in a statement.

Implementation of the fee was delayed several times due to technical issues.

Thailand has taken other measures to boost tourism numbers including reciprocal visa free arrangements and offering longer visa stays for tourists.

Travellers from 93 countries are now allowed to stay for up to 60 days on a tourist visa.

Thailand hopes to welcome up to 40 million foreign visitors this year.

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