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Thailand Delays Tourism Tax Rollout to September, Easing Travel Plans for Tourists

Published: April 19, 2023 at 6:57 pm

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If you’re planning a trip to Thailand this summer, we’ve got some good news for you. Thailand has decided to postpone the implementation of its new tourism tax from June to September, giving travelers a bit more breathing room when booking their flights and accommodations.

Originally, the Thai government had planned to introduce a 300-baht (about US$8.72) tourism tax on airline passengers and a 150-baht fee for land-based travelers starting June 1, 2023. This was intended to help revive the country’s tourism industry, which has been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, airlines raised concerns about the practicality of adjusting ticket prices for international tourists only, as distinguishing between international visitors, Thai nationals, and foreign residents would be challenging. In response to these criticisms, Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn announced a three-month delay for the program.

While the postponement primarily affects air travelers, hotel association officials also recommend that the reduced fee for sea and land arrivals be delayed. This news will likely come as a relief to the many Malaysians who make weekend trips to Thailand each month.

Hotel owners have also called for transparency in the allocation of the tourism tax revenue, suggesting that a centralized authority should oversee the funds. Phiphat has mentioned that 60% to 70% of the tax revenue will go to a tourism fund, with 17% allocated to support travelers’ medical expenses.

So, if you’re dreaming of a Thai getaway, there’s no better time to start planning. Pack your bags, and get ready to experience the rich culture, beautiful beaches, and mouth-watering cuisine that Thailand has to offer, without the added stress of the tourism tax – at least for now! And if you’re considering an extended stay, don’t forget to look into the Thailand Elite Visa, which offers a range of benefits and privileges for long-term visitors.

SOURCE: Pattaya News

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