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Thailand Tourism stimulus measures extended
« on: March 02, 2010, 05:38:05 PM »
Tourism stimulus measures extended

The cabinet has agreed to continue measures to stimulate the tourism sector for another year, as proposed by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, deputy government spokesman Watchara Kannika said on Tuesday afternoon.

The assistance was due to terminate at the end of next month.

The measures are;

1) Visa fee exemption for foreign tourists
2) Helping state agencies hold seminars and field trips in the country to boost domestic spending
3) Cutting the electricity consumption guarantee fund for hotel operators
4) Reduced aircraft landing and parking fees
5) Providing free-of-charge riot protection insurance worth US$10,000 for each foreign tourist, and
6) Allowing business operators who organise domestic seminars, training courses and tourist destination trips for employees to deduct the cost for tax purposes.

The cabinet acknowledged the Tourism and Sports Ministry’s expectation that 15.3 to 15.5 million foreign tourists will visit Thailand in 2010.

The ministry also reported that the number of foreign tourists last year was 14.09 million, down 3 per cent on 2008, with a total income of 527 billion baht, down 8 per cent from the previous year.

Bangkok Post