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NZ Tourist Tax Needs Better Planning

December 5, 2017 Taxation in New Zealand

tourism NZWELLINGTON – Taxes collected from tourist should flow to regions which attracted the tourists to New Zealand, says tourism group.

In a press release on December 4th the advocacy group Regional Tourism NZ called for “a coordinated national discussion on tourism tax”.

The newly elected Labour government in New Zealand has previously campaigned on the promise of a NZD 25 tourist tax to be paid by each international visitor coming to the country.

However, despite the campaign promises, there have not yet been any confirmed details of how the tax will work, and whether the proposed rate will be maintained.

It was explained in the press release that the growth of tourism in New Zealand is having a disproportionate benefit across New Zealand, with many regions benefiting greatly from risin...

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New Zealanders Mull Tourist Tax

July 25, 2017 Taxation in New Zealand

Tourism Tax in New ZealandWELLINGTON – New Zealanders are looking to tax incoming tourists in order to help pay for the maintenance of national parks, reserves, and huts.

The results of a new survey released in New Zealand on July 24th has shown that local taxpayers support the prospect of a new tax to be paid by tourists.

Approximately 64 percent of respondents said that they would support a so-called “tourist tax” which would be paid by international tourists upon arrival to the country.

The funds from the proposed tax would be diverted to the national Department of Conservation, for the development of national reserves, huts, and for conservation efforts.

The public call for a tourist tax comes as the government funding for the Department of Conservation continues to dwindle, while the number of tourists c...

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Tourism Tax Coming to Malaysia

June 9, 2017 Taxation in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur.KULA LAMPUR – Within a month tourist coming to Malaysia will be forced to pay an extra tax for their accommodation.

Malaysia will implement a tax on tourist accommodation on July 1st, according to a statement made on June 8th by the Minister of Tourism and Culture of Malaysia Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz.

The tax was previously expected to be enacted on August 1st, and details to that effect were made public on the Royal Malaysian Customs Department’s website.

However, the references to August 1st have now been taken down.

The tax will be levied at rates between MYR2.5 per room per night for small unrated hotels, and to a maximum rate of MYR 20 per room per night for 5-star hotels.

The tax is expected to bring in approximately MYR654...

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Bed Tax Coming to New Zealand

June 1, 2017 Taxation in New Zealand

Hotels in AucklandAUCKLAND – Tourists coming to New Zealand’s biggest city will be forced to pay taxes to help the city host concerts and sports events.

On June 1st the Finance and Performance Committee of Auckland, New Zealand, voted on, and approved a proposed bed tax to be levied on retail accommodation in the city.

The new tax will be paid by businesses in the accommodation industry, at a rate of NZD 3 to NZD 6 per night per customer for hotels, and NZD 1 to NZD 3 for motels.

The tax is intended to raise as much as NZD 135 million per year, with the funds earmarked for payment of the costs associated with hosting international events in the city.

The tax was passed with 11 votes in support and 8 votes in oppositions, however two of the council members abstained from voting.

The tax has been a long-d...

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Iceland Eyeing Tourist Taxes to Keep Tourists Away

March 21, 2017 Taxation in Iceland

Tourist Taxes in IcelandREYKJAVIK – Visiting Iceland may soon become more expensive, thanks to Game of Thrones.

In a recent interview the Minister of Tourism of Iceland Thordis Kolbrun Reykfjord Gylfadottir said that the government may soon look at implementing taxes on tourists or tourism businesses.

The tax is aimed at controlling the number of tourists coming to the country, while also raising tax revenues.

Iceland is seeing a surge in tourism in recent years, as in 2010 the country had approximately 459 000 international visitors, while it is estimated that by 2020 the level will rise to as much as 2 million people per year.

The spike in tourist numbers has been attributed to a devaluation of the national currency and a growing interest in the country due to appearances in several popular television shows, ...

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