The Tourism Council of Thailand (TCT) is to propose measures to boost tourism, hoping to breathe a new life into the local tourism during the low season.

These measures include a scheme that increases the maximum amount of Value Added Tax refund for tourists from 15,000 baht to 100,000 baht, the council revealed.

It said this program focuses on wealthy Thais who like to travel. The TCT will also call on governmental units to replace their sending of officials on field trips abroad with domestic sightseeing tours.

Another interesting scheme is a low-interest loan offer for Small and Medium Enterprise travel agencies with the help of the SME Bank. The loan will carry an interest rate of 7 percent, with the Ministry of Finance absorbing 3 percent, leaving operators to pay only 4 percent of the interest rate.

The TCT deems this scheme the most crucial one to boost tourism during this low season.-VNA