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Auckland Proposes Tourist Hotel Tax, Amid Federal Debate

by Mary Swire, Tax-News.com, Hong Kong

30 November 2016


The mayor of Auckland, New Zealand's most populous city, has moved ahead of the federal Government in announcing plans for a levy on tourists.

Earlier the federal Government said it was investigating options for a tax on tourists to fund infrastructure improvements.

Speaking at a tourism industry summit in November, Prime Minister John Key disclosed that the Government is looking at potential options. According to Key, a new levy would fund improvements to infrastructure, to cope with surging visitors numbers. The Government has yet to make a decision on how tax would be increased. Other countries have either increased arrivals/departure taxes or increased goods and services tax on hotel accommodation and/or tourism services.

Auckland's Mayor, Phil Goff, has now proposed a charge on accommodation for tourists in Auckland.

TAGS: tax | goods and services tax (GST) | travel and tourism | New Zealand | services | Other

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