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Thailand's proposed $15 tax on foreign tourists stirs debate

Industry warns added fee could drive away visitors and hinder recovery

A plane carrying foreign tourists arrives in Phuket after the island opened to overseas visitors on July 1.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Thailand's plan to impose a 500 baht ($15) tax on each incoming international visitor -- possibly from 2022 -- has the tourism industry concerned about possibly reducing the number of tourists as the country prepares to further reopen its borders amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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