300 Baht Delay
300 Baht Delay
It was announced the payment of the 300 Baht tourism fee for foreign visitors would be postponed.
Because payment methods have not yet been finalized, the collection of a tourism fee from foreign visitors will be postponed by at least two months from the anticipated date of April 1st.
Given the industry's slow recovery from the epidemic, tourism operators decried the collection of the 300-baht tax as being unnecessary.
The National Tourist Policy Committee met recently, and according to a Tourism and Sports spokesperson, recommended the establishment of a tourism fund from the fees collected.
Proposing the policy to the cabinet is the next step in the process. Within 90 days of getting approval, the details of the fee collection must be published in the Royal Gazette.
However, implementation is likely to be postponed beyond April, as airlines, who will most likely be in charge of collecting the fee, have requested at least three months to prepare. However Collection techniques for persons entering the nation overland must still be finalized by the ministry.
Representatives from the Budget Bureau, Office of the National Economic and Social Development Council, the business sector, and other related state institutions will serve on the fund committee, which will be chaired by the permanent tourism secretary.
About 20 per cent of the 300-baht cost will go toward insurance coverage for international tourists, with the rest (50% per cent) going toward tourism product development in Thailand.
A spokesperson for the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), stated the country's tourism supply, both in terms of products and services, still needs a lot of work to add value, particularly from local products and festivals that can create income more evenly.
At a meeting between, the TAT and two state agencies — the Creative Economy Agency (CEA) and the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau — signed a memorandum of understanding to support the creative industry through festivals and tourism areas that can be promoted as soft power and as part of the local creative economy.
Food, movies, fashion, festivals, fights (traditional boxing), music, museums, etc was also claimed, it should enhance tourism revenue by 20 percent as a result of the collaboration.
The value of Thailand's creative industry is predicted to exceed 1.5 trillion baht this year, up 3.57 percent from last year, according to the, executive director of the CEA.
It is believed that an annual festival like Design Week in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Khon Kaen, which is a prominent event that takes place in over 150 locations throughout the world, might be crucial in helping to build recognition.
750 million baht is estimated to be raised at this year's Bangkok Design Week, which takes place this month.
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