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eTravelBlackboard: Aus tax a punishment to NZ: TTF
Turism&Travel A departure tax increase for Kiwi travellers has been rejected by the Australian tourism industry and described as ‘unfair’ to our biggest travel market.

Announced this month in the yearly budget and effective from 1 July this year, the Australian Government said it would increase the departure tax on New Zealanders visiting Australia from $47 to $55 per person. Local industry voice, Tourism and Transport Forum chief executive John Lee said the increase was unjustifiable and would “disproportionately” impact tourism from “our nearest neighbour”, New Zealand. With up to 1.2 million Kiwis travelling into Australia annually, Mr Lee said a family of four travelling from NZ would be expected to pay up to $280 just to return home, a cost he said will have a negative impact on tourism across the Tasman. “While we have long-standing rivalries in many areas, in this case we should be working together to grow the tourism industries on both sides of the Tasman instead of punishing the Kiwis who travel to Australia every year,” he explained. “Indeed TTF, in partnership with New Zealand’s Tourism Industry Association, has been pushing for streamlined  border  processing  between  Australia  and  New  Zealand,  with  Anzac  Express  Paths  at both  ends  and  ‘mates  rates’  to  halve  the  PMC  for  Kiwis,  with  a  common  border  as  the  ideal outcome. “We  don’t  believe  visitors  to  Australia  should  prop  up  government  revenues  when  they  already make a massive contribution to the Australian economy, spending billions of dollars every year and supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs across Australia.”  The TTF is not the only Group determined to have the increased tax turned over, with New Zealand’s industry leaders urging the country’s Prime Minister to lobby against the rise. Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) spokesperson said yesterday the Group had lobbied to the country’s leader to discuss the tax with his Australian counterpart. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
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Joi, 17 Mai 2012 - 04:15 PM

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