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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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British Holidaymakers Pay Up GBP 2.4 Billion Per Year

August 16, 2016 Taxation in UK

LONDON – New figures show that UK travellers are facing a tax hit of as much as GBP 61.12 per year as they take their holiday breaks.

Over the weekend the UK Taxpayers’ Alliance (TPA) released a report showing that the amount of tax revenue collected by the government from holidaymakers has risen by GBP 900 million over the last years.

The TPA estimates that the government takes in a total of approximately GBP 2.4 billion per year from various taxes charged on the spending of holiday makers, an amount which is GBP 900 million more than the collections in 2008.

Currently, approximately GBP 511 million of the total collections is made up of Air Passenger Duties, with GBP 1.8 billion made up of VAT on pre-holiday purchases, and another GBP 74 million on Holiday Insurance Premiums.

The tot...

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New Zealand Eyes Tourist Taxes

August 15, 2016 Taxation in New Zealand

WELLINGTON – Despite some initial hesitation, the government of New Zealand has given indication that it may look into tourist taxes to help pay for conservation or upkeep of tourist areas.

Late last week the Green Party of New Zealand put forward a proposal for a “taonga levy” to be levied on flights to and from New Zealand, in an effort to raise funds for conservation efforts, and now the Prime Minister of New Zealand John Key has given indication that the plan may come to fruition.

The Green party’s plan, which was announced by the party’s co-leader James Shaw, would see the current Border Clearance Levy raised by NZD 14 to NZD 18 per trip, raising the total to as much as NZD 40.

The extra funds raised from the change would be used to pay for pest and predator-eradication effor...

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Tourist Taxes Launched in Abu Dhabi

May 31, 2016 Taxation in UAE

air travelMANILAABU DHABI – As part of an effort to source new tax revenues streams, the government of Abu Dhabi is now looking at taxing tourists.

From June 1st all visitors staying in Aby Dhabi will be required to pay two new taxes aimed at tourists.

The new taxes will consist of a AED 15 per room per night, and an additional charge of 15 percent of the total value of the hotel bill.

The government of Aby Dhabi claims that the set rates are in line with similar tourist taxes across the United Arab Emirates and other major tourist destinations around the world.

The tourism taxes are intended to help the government find new sources of tax revenues, as the national budget begins to decline with the fall of global oil prices.

The new tax on tourist accommodation is not the only measure taken to tax...

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Tourist Tax On The Rise in Netherlands

February 24, 2016 Taxation in Netherlands

AMSTERDAM – Collection of tourist taxes is gathering steam in the Netherlands, with millions more expected to be brought in this year compared to 2015, especially in Amsterdam.

Over the course of 2016 the level of tax revenues to be collected from tourist taxes in the Netherlands will rise by 8.6 percent, compared to the level seen last year, according to new information released in a report by the statistical agency of the Netherlands CBS.

It is expected that the tourist tax will result in tax collections totaling EUR 188.6 million over the course of the year.

The tourist tax is paid for each night stayed in a hotel or other accommodation, with the rate being set separately in each municipality across the Netherlands.

The significant rise in the tax revenues to be collected from the tou...

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