If Thailand is a destination in the cards for you this year, there’s a new fee to keep in mind. According to senior officials, all tourists will be required to pay a 300 baht ($9) fee beginning in April to cover tourism development and expenses.
Thailand is a coveted vacation with plenty to do for any type of traveler. But the pandemic hit the country’s tourism sector hard, slowing from 40 million visitors in 2019 to 200,000 last year, according to Reuters. The government is hopeful that number will rise to between five and 15 million visitors this year. The country will use the money to cover accident insurance for tourists unable to pay for it themselves, new tourist attractions, and improvements for infrastructure. The fee will be included in the price of airline tickets.