(CTN News) – According to Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, Thailand’s tourism minister, imposing a 300 baht levy on foreign visitors starting in June would increase the income by 3.9 billion baht.
He based his prediction on the expectation that 13 million tourists will enter the nation between June 1 and the end of the year.
Beginning June 1, tourists entering the country by air will be required to pay a tax of 300 Baht, while those entering the country by land or sea will only be required to pay a cost of 150 Baht.
Of the anticipated 3.9 billion baht, he said that 650 million baht would be used to purchase travel insurance for visitors, with the remaining 3.25 billion baht going into a fund for the growth of the tourism industry.
Given that the government is already discussing with airlines to collect the entrance fee, Phiphat indicated that this plan is workable and could be implemented quickly.
He noted that the 150 baht entrance charge must be paid using a kiosk machine, online, or application for individuals entering the nation by land or sea.
Phiphat said that the kiosk machine payment option is now unavailable since it has not been determined which checkpoints would be ideal for their placement.
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