Thailand to increase airport departure tax

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Service chargeAfter plans have been revealed that Thailand will levy an entry fee of 500 baht ($16) for every tourist coming into the country by 2014, news spread that Airports of Thailand, operator of the country’s national and international airports, will also increase the departure tax for travelers.

A meeting of the board of directors of Airports of Thailand (AoT)  has agreed to increase the passenger departure charge for domestic and international flights by 100 baht, AoT Chairman Sitha Thivaree said on October 23.

The departure tax for domestic flights will rise from 100 baht to 200 baht ($6.50) and from 700 baht to 800 baht ($26) for international flights, he said. The increase still needs approval from aviation authorities. The new fees would apply to all airports operated by the AoT when approved and added to the ticket price.

All in all, it will cost $42 to visit Thailand for a tourist in the future. Families with two children, for example, would have to shell out $168 just to enter and exit Thailand. It will also increase the costs for group travel.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand has set a 2014 target of 28 million international tourist arrivals. This means that proceeds from the above taxes alone will amount to around $1.17 billion without counting domestic flights.

Adding to this is the 150 baht ($4.80) fee on all foreign transactions on ATMs of Thai banks which has been in effect since 2009.

The Thai tourism industry is criticising the new taxes, saying that it might lead to fewer arrivals in the future and some tourists might choose to go elsewhere. Economists say that Thailand is burdening the tourism sector because it is currently almost the only sector that still sees growth amidst a lacklustre economy in the country.

 

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After plans have been revealed that Thailand will levy an entry fee of 500 baht ($16) for every tourist coming into the country by 2014, news spread that Airports of Thailand, operator of the country’s national and international airports, will also increase the departure tax for travelers.

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Service chargeAfter plans have been revealed that Thailand will levy an entry fee of 500 baht ($16) for every tourist coming into the country by 2014, news spread that Airports of Thailand, operator of the country’s national and international airports, will also increase the departure tax for travelers.

A meeting of the board of directors of Airports of Thailand (AoT)  has agreed to increase the passenger departure charge for domestic and international flights by 100 baht, AoT Chairman Sitha Thivaree said on October 23.

The departure tax for domestic flights will rise from 100 baht to 200 baht ($6.50) and from 700 baht to 800 baht ($26) for international flights, he said. The increase still needs approval from aviation authorities. The new fees would apply to all airports operated by the AoT when approved and added to the ticket price.

All in all, it will cost $42 to visit Thailand for a tourist in the future. Families with two children, for example, would have to shell out $168 just to enter and exit Thailand. It will also increase the costs for group travel.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand has set a 2014 target of 28 million international tourist arrivals. This means that proceeds from the above taxes alone will amount to around $1.17 billion without counting domestic flights.

Adding to this is the 150 baht ($4.80) fee on all foreign transactions on ATMs of Thai banks which has been in effect since 2009.

The Thai tourism industry is criticising the new taxes, saying that it might lead to fewer arrivals in the future and some tourists might choose to go elsewhere. Economists say that Thailand is burdening the tourism sector because it is currently almost the only sector that still sees growth amidst a lacklustre economy in the country.

 

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