Collection of Thai tourism fee of 300 baht will be postponed
According to the Ministry of Tourism and Sports of Thailand, it accounced that the 300 baht tourism fee, which was scheduled to start in August or September 2022, has ben postponed and will start in the fourth quarter at the earliest and in the first quarter of 2023 at the latest.
According to Philiphat Ratchakitprakarn, Minister of Tourism and Sports of Thailand, tourists who enter Thailand by land have an average domestic stay of only one or two nights, so the tourism fee should be reduced from 300 baht. He states that investigation is still needed to start the collection. The Ministry of Tourism and Sports of Thailand has already withdrawn the proposal for tourism fee collection previously submitted to the Thai Cabinet.
The Ministry of Tourism and Sports of Thailand has stated that it plans to review the collection of tourism fees within the next two months, reorganize the proposal and resubmit it to the Cabinet.
The Ministry of Tourism and Sports of Thailand will make a suggestion at the meeting with the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on June 17 to abolish the Thailand Pass from July 1. Foreign tourists are now required to apply and register Thailand Pass when entering Thailand.
According to Minister Phiphat, the abolition of the Thailand Pass will eliminate the mandate for foreign tourists to purchase travel insurance upon entry, making it easier to travel to Thailand.
Applying for a Thailand Pass and purchasing the travel insurance required are a huge burden for foreign tourists who want to travel to Thailand, and many tourists are hesitant to travel to Thailand because of this. The abolition of the Thailand Pass and the obligation to purchase travel insurance are expected to have a huge impact on attracting many tourists from overseas during the high tourist season in Thailand after the rainy season.
The Thai government is easing restrictions on entry, including consideration of abolishing the Thailand Pass, and the number of foreign tourists has been steadily increasing in recent months. There is also concern that excessive collection of tourism fees may adversely affect the increase in tourists. Careful and rational discussions are desired regarding tourism rates.
Sale of unlimited ride tickets for 1 year on Thai AirAsia X, Japan and South Korea routes
Super+ Subscription, a ticket that allows unlimited rides on Japan and South Korea routes operated by the low-cost carrier Thai AirAsia X for one year, is on sale from June 6th.
The outline of the ticket is as follows.
Target for sale: Residents of Thailand
Sales price: 29,999 baht
Eligible boarding period: July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023
Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) ⇔ Tokyo (Narita)
Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) ⇔ Osaka (Kansai)
Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) ⇔ Sapporo (New Chitose)
Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) ⇔ Seoul (Incheon)
Various expenses such as airport charges must be paid separately each time. Reservations must be made 14 days prior to boarding date and may be sold out as seats allocated for this service are up to 60 on each flight. Also, be aware that some days may be Blackout Date, such as during consecutive holidays in Thailand, Japan, and South Korea.
For ticket details, please refer to the official website of Thai AirAsia.
Governor of Bangkok considers extending nightlife closing time to 2:00 am
The new governor of Bangkok, Chadchart Sittipunt, has announced that he will ask the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) for permission to extend the closing hours of nightlife stores in Bangkok to 2:00 am.
In 31 provinces in Thailand (14 green zones and 17 blue zones) including Bangkok, business of nightlife related stores such as pubs, bars, karaoke venues, massage parlors will resume from June 1st. But the store is still permitted to open until 24:00.
According to the announcement by Governor Chadchart on June 5, no problems such as the spread of infection have been reported since the reopening of nightlife business on June 1, and he said he would like to call for an extension of the closing time at 2:00 am.
Governor Chadchart said extending the closing hours would help distribute the number of customers visiting the store over time and reduce congestion. He also states that by continuing to regulate, it is better to prevent people from drinking alcohol in authorized stores where infection spread prevention measures are in place than to drink alcohol on uncontrolled streets.
Nightspot operators, including Chairman Sa-nga Ruangwatthanakul of the Khao San Road Business Association, strongly support Mr. Chadchart's proposal.
For Thailand, whose main industry is tourism, the increase in the number of tourists from overseas is very important for the recovery of the Thai economy, but at present, the nightlife-related business has not yet fully revived, so it is also a fact that many foreign tourists still hesitate to visit Thailand. The extension of the business hours of nightlife stores is expected to attract more foreign tourists to Thailand and greatly contribute to the growth of the Thai economy.
Minister of Tourism proposes to abolish Thailand Pass
Minister of Tourism and Sports of Thailand Philiphat Ratchakitprakan has announced that he plans to propose the abolition of the Thailand Pass at the next meeting of Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).
Minister Phiphat estimates that the abolition of the Thailand Pass will attract about 30,000 foreign tourists a day to Thailand, bringing the total number of foreign tourists to 400,000 to 500,000 this year.
According to previous reports, the Thailand Pass may be abolished in mid-June or early July. It is expected that the abolition of will be discussed concretely by this propose to CCSA to abolish the Thailand Pass by Minister of Tourism.
Since June 1st, Thais has been no longer required to register for a Thailand Pass when entering Thailand, but foreigners are still required to register for a Thailand Pass. The Thailand Pass mainly requires registration of information such as vaccination history and US $ 10,000 health insurance proof.
Before the pandemic, 100,000 foreigners visited Thailand every day. The "30,000 people a day" estimated by Minister Phiphat is far from the former 100,000 people, but in order to return to the pre-pandemic situation in 2023, we need to move forward to gradually revive the tourism industry.
Thai digital lottery sells 2.4 million tickets on the first day of sale
The Thai Government Lottery Office (GLO) began selling digital lottery tickets online on Thursday, June 2nd.
On June 2, the first day of online sales, about 600,000 customers purchased about 2.4 million digital lottery tickets.
Thai digital lottery tickets can be purchased through an app called Paotang. The purchase price of one lottery ticket is 80 Baht. Lottery buyers must be at least 20 years old.
Paotang Apple Store
Paotang Google Play
Winnings will be notified by the Paotang app by 6pm on the day of the draw. If you win, you can immediately claim and receive your winnings through the app, and a 1% commission and 0.5% stamp duty will be paid at the same time you receive your winnings on the app. Winnings will currently be transferred to the winner's Krungthai Bank account within 12 hours after claim. Meanwhile, GLO is also planning a service that allows you to transfer your winnings to another bank.
You can still receive your winnings at the GLO office in Nonthaburi. In this case, no 1% fee is required and only 0.5% stamp duty is levied on the winners.
If you purchased a digital lottery online and did not choose the way to receive your winnings within 15 days after winning, you will not be able to receive your winnings online and you will need to receive your winnings at the GLO office within 2 years.
According to GLO Chairman Lavaron Sangsnit, as of 11:00 pm on Thursday, June 2, 612,141 people had purchased 2,460,723 digital lottery tickets. Winning announcements for lottery tickets sold after June 2nd will be in mid-June. By that draw, GLO has allocated 5,279,500 lottery tickets for digital sale.
Meanwhile, Chairman Lavaron Sangsnit also plans to increase the number of retailers so that digital lottery sales do not adversely affect paper ticket lottery sales.
Currently, lottery tickets sold on the streets often sell good numbers at a price higher than the regular price of 80 baht. This is due to the fact that some retailers take unfair advantage of the buyers who dream of winning money and putting high selling prices on good numbers.
GLO has started selling digital lottery tickets online at the official price of 80 Baht in order to prevent the actual selling price of tickets from rising. It will also strengthen its crackdown on vendors selling high-value lottery tickets.