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Malaysia Tourism Tax Now In Effect

If you are traveling to Malaysia and plan to stay at least one night in a hotel or resort property, expect to pay a flat fee of ten Malaysian ringgit per room per night in addition to the room rate, as the new tourism tax became effective as of today, Tuesday, August 1, 2017.

Although the new tourism tax has been implemented across Malaysia…

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Value-Added Tax to be Implemented in United Arab Emirates

If you plan on visiting the United Arab Emirates in the future, you may be paying an additional five percent on top of what you would already be paying for goods and services — which could possibly include stays at hotel and resort properties; as well as the purchase of airline tickets and admission to popular attractions.

“The six states in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region have agreed to implement VAT, which will generate…

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Fees to Increase as Transportation Security Administration Budget is Cut?

“At TSA, the $500 million reduction includes cutting $65 million for behavioral detection officers and $55 million for local law enforcement grants to to airports. On the other hand, it proposes a $1 increase to the TSA security fee in fiscal 2018 to generate an extra $470 million in revenue.”

This paragraph is what caught my eye in this article written by…

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Hertz Sued by San Francisco Over Fees For Electronic Tolls

On Wednesday, March 1, 2017, Dennis Herrera — who is the City Attorney for San Francisco — accused business partners Hertz Corporation and its business partner of “fraudulently and deceptively inducing its customers who drive across San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge to purchase an ‘optional’ toll service called PlatePass”, according to…

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Parking Fees at Hotels in Las Vegas: Fair Game — or Going Too Far?

Gambling is still the cash cow of what keeps the opulent city in the middle of a desert running; but with the addition of other options came a diversification in which other streams of income were derived — especially as more jurisdictions elsewhere passed legislation from which gambling became legal, which created competitive pressure for Las Vegas. Some of those aforementioned options are attractive to tourists and gamblers alike…

…while other options are becoming the bane of success — most notably, mandatory resort fees and parking fees.

In this article which I wrote slightly greater than a year ago…

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Value Added Tax to Be Refunded to Foreigners Paid on Hotel Services in Argentina

The value of visiting Argentina as a tourist keeps getting better and better due to at least three financial reasons which have significantly reduced the cost to enjoy what this country in South America has to offer — which means more money in your wallet or purse.

Foreign tourists who visit Argentina will receive a direct and automatic reimbursement of the value-added tax — also known as VAT, which can be as much as 21 percent — paid on lodging services with debit cards or credit cards issued outside of the country in an effort to attract more visitors to Argentina; as well as boost businesses which cater to the tourism industry.

Mauricio Macri — who is the current president of Argentina and signed the executive order at the Casa Rosada presidential palace on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 — estimates that…

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Ryanair Slashes Bag Fees for Most of Its Customers. Yes, THAT Ryanair.

Ryanair announced that fees for checking baggage have been cut by up to 50 percent for 92 percent of its customers while simultaneously simplifying the number of bag fee options — a reduction from 108 different baggage fees to a mere six — as part of the third year of its “Always Getting Better” programme.

Effective immediately, the following fees will be charged for checked baggage…

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Brazil Waives Visa Fee — and Why More Countries Should Follow Its Lead

Dilma Rousseff — who is the current president of Brazil — has agreed to suspend the requirements for visas between Wednesday, June 1, 2016 and Sunday, September 18, 2016 in what is being known as the “exceptional, unilateral visa waiver” for visitors from certain other countries and regions which purportedly have “a strong Olympic tradition, which have hosted the Games in the past and pose no migration risk or national security risks.”

The 2016 Olympic Games in the city of Rio de Janeiro will occur from…

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