Amnesty for unlicensed hotels ends September 9
The government amnesty for unlicensed small hotels expires September 9 th and operators are encouraged to make sure they have all the necessary documents ready and submitted to their relevant authority and any necessary building improvements finished before then. Any hotels that remain unlicensed after the amnesty period expires will face fines under the Hotel Act. Sunbelt Asia’s lawyers can assist you in ensuring you have all the relevant documentation to obtain amnesty.
New land appraisals have come out and the Treasury Department shows that land prices have grown by 10 percent in the Eastern Economic Corridor, on average, land prices nationwide have risen by 8.3 percent. The new appraisal price will be used in 2020-2021 for tax collection purposes and covers 33.4 million land parcels. It is not indicative of the actual sales price of the land which is usually much higher than the department’s evaluation. In Bangkok the most expensive land rose to 1 million baht a square wah on Childlom where it meets Rama I and Ratchadamri road.
The Tourism and Sports Ministry plans to submit a request to the Cabinet to offer visa exemptions to visitors from China and India for one year starting from November 1, 2019 to October 31, 2020. The visa exemption will allow tourists from these two countries to stay for 15 days. The government believes offering visa free arrival will be more effective than previous campaigns that waived visa on arrivals fees for tourists. Visitors from India jumped over 24 percent in the first half of the year to 978,785 while the numbers of Chinese tourists dropped 4.73 percent over the period to 5.65 million. Overall tourist numbers grew 1.48 percent year on year to19.76 million tourists in the first half.