Thailand to launch new chapter of tourism

BANGKOK: The Tourism and Sports Ministry promotion plan for 2022 will be themed Amazing Thailand New Chapter, introducing new selling points from January and collecting a B300 entry fee from foreign tourists from April, government spokesman Thanakorn Boonkongwanchana said today (Jan 12).

Thailand to launch new chapter of tourism

Thailand to launch ‘new chapter’ of tourism

Thailand to launch ‘new chapter’ of tourism

BANGKOK: The Tourism and Sports Ministry promotion plan for 2022 will be themed “Amazing Thailand New Chapter”, introducing new selling points from January and collecting a B300 entry fee from foreign tourists from April, government spokesman Thanakorn Boonkongwanchana said today (Jan 12).

Wednesday 12 January 2022, 04:39PM


Travellers from overseas arrive at Suvarnabhumi airport in December, ahead of Christmas and the New year. Photo: Somchai Poomlard / Bangkok Post

The plan includes promotion of “white routes” for tourists in line with a bio-, circular and green economic development strategy for more sustainable and safe tourism, Mr Thanakorn said.

Also under the plan, from the start of the second quarter, April, an “entry fee” of B300 would be collected from foreign tourists arriving in Thailand, the spokesman said.

The B300 fee would be used to develop tourist attractions and for accident or death insurance for all tourists. The maximum insurance payout would be B1 million in the case of death and B500,000 for medical expenses, reports the Bangkok Post.

The charge would be included in air fares. The means of collecting the entry fee from people arriving by land was still being considered.

According to Mr Thanakorn, the Tourism and Sports Ministry expected revenue from tourism this year of B1.3-1.8 trillion, from 5-15 million foreign tourists.

He said if tourists were mainly from Europe or the United States, arrivals were estimated at 5mn this year. This would rise to about 7mn if tourists also came from India.

If in the second half of the year China allowed its citizens to travel abroad, the number of tourists arriving in Thailand this year would rise to about 9mn.

If Thailand reopened its borders with Myanmar, Laos and Malaysia for tourism, the number could be as high as 15mn tourists in total, Mr Thanakorn said.

The number of domestic tourist trips was expected to total as many 160mn, generating about B700 billion of local income.

Despite the prevalence of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, the government would continue with its tourism promotion campaigns, he said.

Mr Thanakorn said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha had instructed state agencies to monitor the COVID-19 situation both in the country and abroad, in order to be able to draw up plans to restore the country in all aspects by keeping the economy and public health in balance.


Hermann1 | 13 January 2022 - 15:11:16

Kurt,another great opinion.  Please go on. We love you.

Kurt | 13 January 2022 - 10:55:14

What a bag of nonsense talk by mr Thanakorn: ...'White routes', bio, circular & green strategy?? For sustaineble and safe tourism?? Please, explain this nonsense.  All this people are still in their nursery school thinking time with their color pencils. No world awareness of reality.

JohnC | 13 January 2022 - 09:25:44

[The fee would be used to develop tourist atttractions and insurance for all tourists]??? What a joke! You already force tourists to have insurance and as for tourist attractions you are still clueless as to what they want. Stop making dolphinariums and other animal cruelty shows, including the disgusting zoo. The only attractions here are the natural beauty and the ruins of ancient times.

Farangswed | 13 January 2022 - 08:18:54

These expectations all times
Environments
Traffic
Traffic lights :(  :(
Bla bla bla

Ask tourists
&people who living here instead 

christysweet | 12 January 2022 - 18:30:00

Tourism is a dying industry  for many reasons.  Instead, take advantage of Thailand's abundant shoreline and invest in tidal energy.