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1,000 baht/day minimum overhead charge set for Chinese tourists

 

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BANGKOK: -- Effective as of Wednesday October 5, the lowest overhead charge for a Chinese tourist to be levied by package tour operators is 1,000 baht/day, said Deputy Prime Minister Thanasak Patimaprakorn on Wednesday.

 

The minimum overhead charge for arrivals from China in the form of package tour was made possible by virtue of Section 31 of the Tourism Business and Tour Guide Act B.E. 2551 which stipulates that package tour operators are prohibited from charging their clients below costs, hence, the 1,000-baht/day minimum charge was set.

 

The minimum charge was intended to weed out the zero-dollar package tours from China which has resulted to several problems such as tourists were taken by Thai tour operators against their will to jewelry shops which overcharge the tourists. The operators, in return, will receive commissions from the sale to recoup their costs.

 

General Thanasak said that all parties involved in the tourism industry agreed with the invocation of the Act to impose minimum overhead charge for Chinese tourists to weed out zero-dollar package tour business and to improve the quality of tourists from China.

 

Full story: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/1000-bahtday-minimum-overhead-charge-set-chinese-tourists/

 
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1000 baht a day, now that's a quality tourist. If that's the benchmark that your run of the mill sexpats should get elite visa status on arrival for free.

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8 minutes ago, starky said:

1000 baht a day, now that's a quality tourist. If that's the benchmark that your run of the mill sexpats should get elite visa status on arrival for free.

"Quality" tourist or not, no government has the right to demand a tourist must spend a minimum  amount each day.... period. Now how would they monitor it and what stops them spending at all the same shops they are already herded to.

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2 minutes ago, Rorri said:

"Quality" tourist or not, no government has the right to demand a tourist must spend a minimum  amount each day.... period. Now how would they monitor it and what stops them spending at all the same shops they already are herded to.

Honestly mate couldn't care less. Just another one of the ridiculous statements made by this farce of government that is impossible to enforce and will never happen anyway. Cheers. 

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4 minutes ago, starky said:

Honestly mate couldn't care less. Just another one of the ridiculous statements made by this farce of government that is impossible to enforce and will never happen anyway. Cheers. 

so they are going to charge the tour operator a levy of 14k baht for every Chinese tourist on a 14 day package holiday :w00t:

 

BTW George Best - same school as me lol

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What happens to a Chinese tourist then if by chance one day they only spend 900  Baht?

Wull they be detained, arrested, and fined for not meeting the daily minimum?

And who keeps track of how much that tourist spends daily, anyhow?

 

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13 minutes ago, IMA_FARANG said:

What happens to a Chinese tourist then if by chance one day they only spend 900  Baht?

Wull they be detained, arrested, and fined for not meeting the daily minimum?

And who keeps track of how much that tourist spends daily, anyhow?

 

read my post above

 

The tour operator will be charged 1000baht per head per day as a levy on the package holiday so they will pay it as part of the booking

 

so if you booked a Thomas Cook package holiday to Spain for 14 days, TC would be charged 1000baht per tourist per day  - this charge would be passed to the tourist

 

How that is going to work I have no clue

 

So in effect each package booked Chinese tourist is paying Thailand a 1000naht a day for the pleasure of having a holiday in Thailand

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What a load of fluff it got sweet fa do with jewellery shop scams, it all down to Chinese enterprise running low cost in Thailand and cheating the Thai system and sending profits back to China .

TAT have basically raped themselves by suckling on China tourists and been to dumb realise they not making much contribution to the system beside helping tat figures seem very slightly more possible rather than fantasy .

Majority of western traveller will spend more than 1,000bt in buses, trains, mrt/bts and taxis a day.

I've got a lot of Burmese friends in mbk, asiateak, hotels etc and profit reports ain't good. Tourism income has taken a HUGE downturn .

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If I am understanding correctly, this is not a charge being made by the Thai government, it is the minimum that the tour operator can charge their clients for a trip to Thailand.

 

The idea being that tourists cannot be charged below cost then taken to iffy outlets to buy over-priced tat for which the tour operators receive commission.

 

Just how they intend enforcing this is anyone's guess.

 

Chinese tour advert, "Pay 14,000 Baht for 14 days in Thailand, receive 14,000 Baht to spend in one of our many tat outlets".

 

 

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lets face it, we are all fully aware that Chinese tourist comes here - stay in specific prepaid hotels - get ferried around on prepaid buses to prepaid attractions staring out the windows - eat at specific prepaid places - the buses cause massive congestion  ............they spend FA then go home and never come back.

 

Farangs on the other hand - book their own flights - book their own hotels - pay for taxis - eat everywhere - spend loads everyday - enjoy themselves and come back 6 months later for another 3-4 weeks, yes economies poor and money is tight - exchange rates are a challenge so that is going to have an impact, can you imagine if Thailand decided to charge everyone on entry 1000baht a day at the airport for all tourists lol.  Don't laugh about that because that is how they think, bar have no customer so put price up - a fine example of that is walking street in Pattaya were they just got too greedy and out priced the market, in other parts some have realised this and dropped their prices and are now doing a roaring trade

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3 hours ago, Rorri said:

"Quality" tourist or not, no government has the right to demand a tourist must spend a minimum  amount each day.... period. Now how would they monitor it and what stops them spending at all the same shops they are already herded to.

Also picking on the Chinese is lame.  Other nationalities are allowed to pay less ?  Good thing Thailand is not striving to be an open and fair society.  Otherwise, it would be making a fool out of itself. 

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