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Auckland Proposes Tourist Hotel Tax, Amid Federal Debate

by Mary Swire,, 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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Haydn Camdun on Wednesday, November 30, 2016