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Premier urged to tackle over tourism

Premier urged to tackle over tourism

Thai tourism operators are urging the government to address the issue of overtourism, as opposition grows in various countries. Suggestions include implementing a 300-baht tourism tax to manage the nation’s capacity. Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin aims to revolutionize tourism by 2025.

Adith Chairattananon from the Federation of Thai Tourism Associations will present solutions to prevent overtourism following similar actions in other regions. Efforts like banning new hotel constructions in Amsterdam and calls to limit tourism in Spain’s Canary Islands have been observed. As tourist numbers are projected to reach 40 million, popular destinations like Phuket face challenges like traffic congestion and water shortages. Strategies involve diverting tourists to lesser-known cities with potential attractions.

Incentives for airlines to operate in provincial airports are suggested to reduce congestion and create business opportunities. Tourism authorities propose collecting a 300-baht fee to enhance infrastructure in less crowded areas and improve tourist sites affected by overtourism. The fee is intended to provide a larger budget for necessary projects and would not deter foreign visitors, compared to higher taxes in other countries. Plans to start collecting the fee through mobile apps or kiosks are being discussed.

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