Thailand says visa on arrival fee jump will not hit China, India
In the first nine months of 2016, Thailand's tourism industry is expected to generate a total of $54 billion for the Thai economy, which would be a 14 percent increase compared with same period in 2015, said TAT governor Yuthasak Supason in a press release, adding that a total of 24.94 million foreign tourists are expected to contribute 36 billion.
For the last quarter of 2016, TAT expects the tourism industry to generate $20 billion, including $14 billion from 9 million foreign tourists.
However, Thailand's immigration authorities declared earlier that they will begin imposing new charges for visas on arrival from Sept. 27, raising the current fee of 1,000 baht ($29) to 2,000 baht (58).
The visa on arrival fee hike was criticized by Bangkok post as "goes against the county's numerous campaigns to attract more tourists." ■