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Is a "Tourist Tax" in Thailand a Good Idea Right Now?

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As the title of this video suggests, we are discussing the so-called Tourist Tax. For those who don't know what I am really talking about here, this came to my attention via various news outlets but it came first to my attention via the Pattaya Mail, that is, the article is titled: Proposed Tourist Tax in Thailand Derailed Yet Again. Quoting directly: "Thailand's Prime Minister has pushed to the unknown a date for the introduction of a new 300 Baht (US$9) tax on most foreign visitors. Prayut Chan-o-cha told a press briefing that the scheme needed more discussion, even though a start date of August or September had been indicated by the Tourist Ministry. The Premier stressed that the surge in international arrivals meant that national income would steadily increase throughout the year without the surcharge." 

So it looks like at least for now the question is kind of answering itself. It looks like they are not going to be doing this at least for the immediately foreseeable future but I wouldn't put it past them to try and impose this sometime down the road. Now I don't think it is the greatest idea. I think there are other ways to gain revenue for the state from tourism that frankly are less direct and I think might be a better alternative. 

That being stated, at least as of the time of this video, things are not great economically in Thailand and that means there are ramifications in terms of tax revenues. So yeah I guess maybe there is a lot of for lack of a better term, kind of grasping at straws to come up with something to ameliorate any sort of fiscal shortfalls from a tax generation standpoint. That being said, my opinion it really isn't the greatest time to be looking at any kind of tourist tax. Maybe let's worry about that months or even years down the road.