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Virgin Atlantic will not pass new UK tax onto passengers

Virgin Atlantic has made the decision not to pass on what it calls an “unfair retrospective” increase to passengers in the form of Britain’s Air Passenger Duty, according to a letter by CEO Stev

Maldives new tourism tax comes into effect

The New Year has potentially ushered in a new era for the Maldives’ lucrative holiday market as a Tourism Goods and Services Tax today comes into effect placing an additional charge of 3.5 per cent

Venice to introduce tourist ticket

Venice mayor said that it is time for the city to introduce a "tourist ticket" for its roughly 20 million visitors a year in order to help the historic island city's finances.

Yes Prime Minister, great tourism speech, but what about Sir Humphrey’s...

Outstanding support from UK Prime Minister David Cameron this week, stressing the importance of tourism’s export and domestic financial contribution, as well as its huge link with mega sporting even

German Airline Association opposes fuel tax

FRANKFURT - The German Airline Association, or BDF, said Monday it is against a tax on kerosene as an alternative to the planned air travel tax, thereby denying a report in German daily Handelsblatt's

Los Angeles may implement new hotel fee

Hotel owners in Los Angeles are pushing a plan to add a new fee to hotel bills that would generate more money to promote the city as a worldwide tourist destination.

Rome slated to become more expensive in 2011

As Americans chose Italy as their number one international vacation destination, Rome is sure to top their lists of must-see cities.

IATA lashes out about new German tax on air transport

(eTN) - It sounds like a bad joke or some kind of unwilling irony.

IATA condemns German plans to impose air travel tax

Airline industry body IATA lashed out at German plans to impose an air travel tax while Europe's aviation industry is struggling to make a profit amid a weak economic environment.

On your next trip to Miami you may be paying for...

Aiming to raise public dollars to improve their privately-owned stadium, the Miami Dolphins and team backers have hatched a plan: get state legislators to lift the ceiling on Miami-Dade's hotel tax an

What goes around comes around for visitors to Argentina

If you live in a country that charges the Argentines before they enter your cuontry, as a foreign visitor to Argentina, you will have to pay a reciprocity tax when arriving in their country at Ezeiza

Chew Choon Seng: ‘Green tax’ risk to travel

Travelers from Singapore to London will have to pay as much as 100 pounds (S$229) more per round trip compared to someone flying a shorter distance if Britain increases its departure tax next year as

Alaska AG: Cruise passenger tax legal

JUNEAU - Alaska has a strong case to defend itself in the cruise ship industry's lawsuit on a passenger tax, according to the state attorney general.

Tax on cruise ships causing concern in Kenya

Nairobi — Fears have gripped the tourism industry over the planned Value Added Tax that is to be introduced on cruise ships calling at the port of Mombasa with stakeholders calling on the government

AG will “vigorously defend” Alaska’s cruise ship passenger head tax

Attorney General Dan Sullivan is promising to "vigorously defend" Alaska's cruise ship passenger head tax being challenged by the cruise ship industry.

Foreign tourists tax refund law passed in Indonesia

Foreign tourists visiting Indonesia can apply for a tax refund when buying goods here next year, according to the newly endorsed law on value added tax and luxury tax.

New York City hotel service fee tax update

ASTA today issued a clarification to a portion of last week’s member alert on the recently-implemented New York City hotel service fee tax. The revised portion of the alert followds.

Hotel resellers: New York’s guidance on new tax is “incomplete, incoherent...

When New York’s new tax on hotel room remarketers went into effect on Sept.

Tax on travel agents for NYC hotel sales begins Sept. 1

Despite continuing efforts by ASTA, ASTA members, and its allies to have it rescinded, it now appears that the recently-enacted new tax on travel agency service fees related to hotel sales for hotels

Prime Minister Netanyahu stops VAT on tourism to Israel

Prime Minister Netanyahu announced the cancellation of plans to impose a 16.5 percent VAT on the purchase of foreign tourist services in Israel, as raised by the budgetary department of the Treasury a

PATA calls for urgent review of UK travel tax

The British government must review as a matter of urgency its decision to increase air passenger duty. That's the view of the Pacific Asia Travel Association.

Online travel companies win federal appellate court victory in hotel occupancy...

WASHINGTON, DC - The Interactive Travel Services Association announced today that a federal appellate court has affirmed the dismissal of a suit brought by Pitt County, North Carolina, which claimed t

NYC hotel tax hike would devastate tourism industry costing city jobs...

Any increase in the city hotel tax would strike a tremendous blow to New York City's visitor industry and the city's already reeling economy according to Joseph E.

Air Transport Association opposes UK air passenger duty tax grab

WASHINGTON, DC - The Air Transport Association of America (ATA), the industry trade organization for the leading US airlines, today expressed its stiff opposition to the United Kingdom government's de

Irish air travel tax a blow to tourism – industry

DUBLIN - Ireland's move to introduce a 10 euro ($14) air travel tax will hurt the competitiveness of the country's travel and tourism sector at a time of already tough business conditions, business gr

Tourism tax rebuffed by Kenyan authorities

Kenyan tourism authorities have rebuffed the move by the Finance minister, Amos Kimunya, to introduce a 16 percent VAT on tourism travel, saying the move will hinder efforts at reviving the sector fol

Airlines clash with other tourism businesses over ad campaign

Airlines are battling hotels, theme parks, rental-car companies and other travel businesses over a plan to make many overseas visitors pay $10 each to bankroll a national advertising campaign.

Turkish tourism minister wants tax plan scrapped

ANKARA - Turkey's tourism minister called on his government on Thursday to abandon plans for a three percent tax on turnover of hotels, saying it would hit the key foreign-exchange earner.