Thailand’s tourism sector has proposed providing tax refunds for domestic tourists, in which each person could be given up to 20,000 baht in tax rebates for spending related to local tourism.

The move is considered as an effort to revive the tourism industry, which generates significant annual revenues for the country, said President of the Thai Tourism Council Piyaman Techapaiboon.

As the situation in the country was brought back to normal, the martial law has, however, continued to discourage many potential tourists from visiting the country.

Tourist arrivals in the first seven months of this year dropped by 10.47 percent compared to the same period last year, as were revenues, which dropped by 8 percent.

The tax rebates and other measures will help Thailand reach its original goal of achieving 800 billion baht in tourism revenues and 148 million in domestic tourism trips by the end of 2014./.