MTS Gives Green Light for Tourist Financial Aid
The Ministry of Tourism and Sports (MTS) has established a fund of 200 million THB a year to help foreign tourists in Thailand
Mr. Smithichai Hongthong, an academic on financial aid for foreign tourists of the MITS, reported that the ministry was setting up the yearly fund to exclusively help foreign visitors in Thailand who suffer from terrorism, natural disaster, body attack, sexual assault, accident, stealing of property and travel interruption. Any foreign tourists can obtain financial compensation only when the above-mention incidents are proved to take place in Thailand. One million THB will be available for the death or loss of body part(s); 500,000 THB for those who need hospitalisation; 20,000 THB to those who are sexually assaulted or whose travel plans
from Thailand is unexpectedly interrupted; 6,000 THB to those who have their property robbed or stolen. Tourists experiencing such incidents should immediately inform tourism authorities working in the area where the incidents occur so that they will work with the local police to investigate the case and report it to the MTS officials within 30 days. The financial aid recently set up by the MTS aims to give more confidence to foreign visitors in Thailand, particularly those carrying a passport with a tourist visa. Foreigners working in Thailand will not be considered.