HCMC kills hotel night tax

October 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY, 16 October 2017: A proposal to tax tourists for every overnight stay to raise funds to promote the city, worldwide, failed to gain traction with authorities.

Tourists will be happy with the decision to scotch a plan to tax them, as one of the main drawcards for Ho Chi Minh City is its competitive prices when compared with Bangkok and other capitals in the region.

The city’s tourism department that floated the idea was singled out for stiff criticism with officials noting it was a very “sensitive’ topic.” Read more

Cebu Pacific includes tax in fares

September 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Philippines

SINGAPORE, 29 September 2017: The Philippines’ low-cost airline, Cebu Pacific, is now including the cost of the Domestic Passenger Service Charge (DPSC) in all ticket quotes.

Commonly known as the “Terminal Fee” the inclusion is for domestic flights operating out of airports managed by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).

It became effective across the airline’s booking system for domestic flight sectors, 15 September. CAAP was the last airports operator to allow airlines to collect the tax. Previously, passengers had to queue at tax counters to pay the fee prior to boarding. Read more

Cambodia introduces marine tax

August 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Cambodia, News

PHNOM PENH, 24 August 2017: Sihanoukville authorities confirmed, this week, they will introduce a new tax on tourists claiming it will help to protect the environment.

News of the new environment tax surfaced earlier in the month. In its latest update to travel partners, Asian Trails, a leading tour operator in Cambodia, confirmed the tax would be levied on all tourists using boat transport for an overnight stay or a  full-day excursion to off-shore islands.

Tourists will be charged a USD2 tax at the point of departure. Read more

A new aviation tax in pipeline

August 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Malaysia, News

KUALA LUMPUR, 17 August 2017: Following on from a MYR10 tourist tax that comes into effect 1 September, Malaysia is processing a new tax on departing airline travellers.

There are plans to introduce a MYR1 (US$0.23) levy for all passengers departing from Malaysian airports as early as 2018.

ChannelNews Asia said Malaysia aviation regulator  announced details of the new 15 August. Read more

Malaysia taxes travel by the night

August 11, 2017 by  
Filed under Malaysia, News

KUALA LUMPUR, 11 August 2017: It’s official Malaysia’s new tourism tax will be effective 1 September at a flat rate of MYR10 (USD2.33) a night.

Malaysians and permanent residents are exempt. Foreign tourists will be charged a flat rate of RM10 per room regardless of the accommodation category.

However the Ministry of Tourism clarified that homestays and ‘kampung’ stays registered with the Ministry will not collect the tax, according to The Star Online. Read more

Will AirAsia head for Hua Hin?

August 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 1 August 2017: Talk of flights resuming to Hua Hin, a popular beach resort on the Gulf of Thailand, gained traction when the Bangkok Post reported AirAsia would fly there this November.

AirAsia remains silent on the subject, but hotels based in Hua Hin claimed that well-known hotel investor and operator, Bill Heinecke,  who is chairman of Minor International PCL, broached the subject in recent communications with AirAsia’s Tony Fernandes.

A November launch of  five weekly flights, Kuala Lumpur to Hua Hin, is on the cards. Usually, the first sign of a new flight is a fare promotion valid for bookings for around a week after the launch date and for a travel period of around three months. That has not happened so far. Read more

Malaysia tweaks tourist tax

July 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Malaysia, News

KUALA LUMPUR, 27 July 2017: Malaysia has revised yet again its tourist tax exempting its citizens from paying, while levying a flat MYR10 tax on all foreigners.

Foreigners staying at paid lodgings in Malaysia will be charged a flat rate of RM10 (USD2.30) per night as a tourist tax, while Malaysians will now be exempted from it completely.

Commenting on the changes, Tourism and Culture Minister, Nazri Aziz, said on Wednesday the federal tourist tax was scheduled to apply 1 August. Read more

Indian rumpus over GST

July 3, 2017 by  
Filed under News, South Asia

NEW DELHI, 3 July 2017: Indian opposition parties vowed Friday to boycott the launch of a new national tax, adding to the strain ahead of the country’s biggest ever fiscal reform.

Businesses are bracing for upheaval as India rolls out the long-awaited goods and services tax (GST) with the aim of transforming the nation of 1.2 billion people and its USD2 trillion economy into a single market.

The main opposition Congress party dismissed the tax launch event at midnight on Friday as a “publicity gimmick”. Read more

GST shock for Indian airlines

June 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, South Asia

NEW DELHI, 12 July 2017: Indian airlines will face additional costs as they prepare to pay Goods and Service Tax 1 July, but the tax bill will be even steeper for hotels and restaurants.

The GST has been fixed at 5% on domestic airline tickets  and 12% on international ticket sales.

Tour operators in India will pay 5% GST without an input tax credit facility. Read more

Tourist tax to fund Myanmar’s promotions

May 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

YANGON, 16 May 2017: Myanmar Tourism Federation says the country will soon impose a tourist tax on visitors to fund the country’s tourism promotional activities.

Myanmar Times quoted the federation’s chairman, U Yan Win, saying the scheme was decided by the tourism development committee during a meeting with Ministry of Hotels and Tourism late last month.

“The committee decided that tourists, even visitors travelling on a business visa, would have to pay USD1 each per night when they stay at hotels or guest houses.” Read more

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