The Thai authorities have decided to postpone the introduction of the resort fee until at least the end of this year.
“The introduction of a tourist tax for travelers arriving by land transport requires further study. It is not clear whether it should be reduced, since the average length of stay for such tourists is 1-2 nights. The issue needs to be discussed,” said Thailand's sports and tourism minister, Pipat Ratchakitprakan.
A plan to introduce a $9 tourist resort fee is due within two months. Pi this innovation comes into force 90 days after the publication of the decision. This gives the Minister reason to assume that the levy will not begin to be collected until the fourth quarter of 2022 or the first quarter of 2023. This was reported by Interfax with reference to The Bangkok Post.
It also became known that Thailand is considering the possibility of launching a pilot project in the resorts to introduce the MIR payment system card. “As far as I know, negotiations are currently underway between one of the commercial banks in Thailand and the Russian side on this issue. As far as I know, perhaps this will begin with the introduction of a pilot project in some especially popular places among tourists in Thailand, for example, in Phuket, in Bangkok, maybe in other cities, ”, TASS quotes the words of the Thai ambassador to the Russian Federation Sasivata Wongsinsawata.