The Ministry of Tourism and Sports and Krungthai Bank (KTB) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Tuesday, September 27th, on collecting foreign tourists’ domestic tourism fees.
The MoU aims to facilitate foreigners when paying entry fees once they arrived in Thailand with the banking service from Krungthai Bank and to make sure that the fees will be properly taken care of for beneficial use, including the traveling insurance for the foreigners.
The collection will be applied among tourists traveling by air, land, sea and rail channels through websites, mobile banking applications, kiosks, and flight tickets, according to the Ministry.
Some of the data of the fee collection will also be analyzed for drafting plans and policies to meet the demands of tourists and the development of tourism industry in the following step, the Ministry stated.
Tourism Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn added that the amount of the collection fee is still under consideration but initially the rates are estimated at 100-200 baht for land entry and about 300 baht for air travel.
The Cabinet may consider the ministry’s proposal of the entry fees collection in October. If officially approved, it will expected to be implemented early next year. The proposal has driven intense criticism online.
Photo Courtesy: Thai News Agency
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