Airbnb rethinks payment scheme

December 13, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, Hospitality, News

PARIS, 13 December 2017: Airbnb agreed Monday to withdraw a payment system in France, suspected of facilitating tax avoidance, after the government complained it could potentially be used to launder money and lead to a loss in revenues.

The move followed a meeting between the accommodation rental website’s executives and government ministers, including French finance minister Bruno Le Maire, where the company agreed to “rule out any opportunity for open fraud” by using prepaid Payoneer cards.

“The company will waive all use of the prepaid card ‘Payoneer’ on the French market,” said Emmanuel Marill, Airbnb’s France director, in a statement released by the finance ministry. Read more

Smart is good, child-friendly is better

December 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Editor's Post, Travel Logs

BANGKOK, 12 December 2017:Airport customer relations were in the news when AirAsia’s founder challenged the management of  Malaysia’s airport on its decision to raise the passenger service tax at KLIA2 to be in line with other international airports in Malaysia.

KLIA2 is the low-cost airport next to KLIA and home to AirAsia. Its founder and chairman, Tony Fernandes, is known for dishing out criticism of the airport’s management on pricing and delays in introducing smart check-in solutions.

Airports tend to make arbitrary decisions on customer services and fees without seeking passenger feedback. Read more

Fernandes prods Mavcom on KLIA2 tax rise

December 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Malaysia, News

KUALA LUMPUR, 4 December 2017: Travellers boarding flights at KLIA2 will pay a higher passenger service charge, effective, 1 January, when the tax increases from MYR50 to MYR73.

The tax adjustment prompted founder and CEO of AirAsia, Tony Fernandes, to tweet “can anyone explain the KLIA2 second service hike?”

He probably doesn’t need the explanation, but his tweet hints of a broad dissatisfaction with authorities that are imposing higher taxes on air travel. Read more

Thai court accepts King Power case

November 15, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 15 November 2017: A Thai anti-corruption court on Monday accepted a lawsuit accusing duty-free giant King Power, the company that also owns Leicester City Football Club, of owing the state USD420 million in unpaid taxes.

The case is a rare attack on an ultra-rich firm run by one of the kingdom’s best-connected billionaires.

The suit, filed by an anti-graft official, accuses King Power executives of colluding with airport authorities to pay only 3% of the company’s annual revenue instead of the contracted 15%. Read more

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

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