The 300 baht city tax to be introduced from April 1 now appears likely to be postponed. The Bangkok Post just reported that officials have not yet decided how best to collect the levy.
The implementation is expected to be delayed by about 2 months, although tour operators have said they would like to see the idea put on hold completely, at least as the tourism industry fights to survive the pandemic.
However, Thailand’s tourism minister, Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, said the National Tourism Policy Committee supports the creation of a tourism fund paid for by the new fee, and that the next step would be to propose it to the cabinet.
Once the cabinet has received approval, details of how it will be collected will be published in the Royal Gazette within 90 days. He adds that the implementation of the fee is being delayed as airlines are likely to be tasked with collecting it and have asked for more time to prepare. Also, the collection on arrivals at the land borders has not yet been proposed.
According to the Bangkok Post report, about 20% of the fee will be allocated as insurance cover for international visitors, while 50% will be used to develop the tourism offer in the kingdom.
Yuthasak Supasorn of the Tourism Authority of Thailand says the country’s tourism products and services still require a lot of investment, especially local products and festivals.
Tourism officials and other related agencies have agreed to support Thailand’s creative industries, with Yuthasak saying that supporting the creative arts and other cultural attractions, such as food, festivals, film, fashion, Muay Thai, music and museums, is could increase tourism revenues by 20%.
Creative Economy Bureau Apisit Laistrooglai believes the value of Thailand’s creative industries is expected to reach 1.5 trillion baht, a 3.57% increase from 2021. He points to festivals such as Bangkok’s Design Week, which celebrates this month and is expected to bring in 750 million baht.
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