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'Maintenance Fee' for All Foreign Tourists Proposed by Tourism Governor

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'Maintenance Fee' for All Foreign Tourists Proposed by Tourism Governor
By Teeranai Charuvastra
Staff Reporter

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Visitors and residents celebrate Songkran in Phuket in an April 2015 file photo.

BANGKOK — A plan to charge foreign tourists 360 baht each time they enter the kingdom as a fee to maintain and improve tourist attractions has been proposed by the head of the tourism authority.

Yuthasak Supasorn, governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, suggested in an interview that money collected from the fees could be reinvested in the tourism throughout the kingdom, but almost as soon as the idea was suggested, it was played down by his own organization.

In an interview with Voice TV, Yuthasak said foreign tourists would be charged USD$10 (360 baht) each time they enter Thailand, whether by air, land or sea. Among its uses, he said, would be enhancing security measures.

“It will be collected under the name of a tourist attraction administration fee,” Yuthasak said. “We will use the money to maintain and improve security systems of tourist attractions across the country, in order to support the tourism sector, which has been growing steadily.”

He also did the math for its potential windfall.

Full story: http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1453434960

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-- Khaosod English 2016-01-22

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I thought that was what the entry/visa fee was for ?

That money did not go into the pockets of TAT...

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How much will actually go into tourist projects and how much in the envelopes?????

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They really try every way to get the money out of our pockets.

So now we don't visit their national parks because the 10foulded fee's they will just collect the money at the front door.

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What the <deleted>?!

Are they serious?

Unfortunately, I guess the answer is "yes"!

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Why not just mug the tourists as the leave the airport,this plus increase in Visa on arrival,

they are slowly killing the goose that lays the golden eggs.

regards Worgeordie

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So they want to start stealing from us before we even enter now. That's smart. Because you have no tourist attractions. Some filthy beaches littered with trash and locals who make you feel unwelcome unless you fork out cash for the use of their beach and restroom. And parking and the list is endless. I guess the visa fees we all pay is stolen then...

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To improve the attractions they will then charge them many times the local rate to enjoy. Will this extortion apply to us with non immigrant o visa'a as well? I am not interested in their so called attractions, they are few and far between. They will not even be cleaning up the beaches.

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Let's see. 25,000,000 tourists at 360B = 9,000,000,000 baht.

So after all the commissions, fees, overcharging, backhanders, bribes, inflated over pricing, that 9 Billion baht will end up as another 2,000 Baht plastic statue at Swampy departure lounge.

Sorted. facepalm.gifblink.pngcoffee1.gif

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Let's face it, what tourist attractions does Thailand have except the beaches and islands? Many of them are national parks allready and charge the 10foulded prices.

Do they call the floating markets tourist attractions?

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