New Tax: Five Dollars Per Night for Hotel Stays in the State of Georgia

If you have stayed at a hotel or motel property within the state of Georgia during the past 13 days, you might have noticed that the room rate is more expensive. This is because effective as of Wednesday, July 1, 2015, a new tax adds five dollars per night for hotel stays as the result of a new law.

This means that a stay of five nights in the state of Georgia will tack on $25.00 to your folio — in addition to the room rate, existing taxes and fees — when you check out of your room.

The hotel tax was a provision added at the last minute to fund the HB 170 Transportation Funding Act of 2015 with a price tag of greater than $900 million, as voted on in the final version of the law by members of the Georgia General Assembly.

Section 5-15 starting on page 18 of this document — now known as Code 48-13-50.3 — states the following…

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Germany Imposes Raise in Flight Taxes

Effective 1 January 2011, traveling from Germany via airplane will be more expensive — up to 45€ per person per airline ticket.

More information and details can be found here. Find out how you are affected and how much it will cost you…

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It is Official: The United States Will Allegedly Eventually Charge Tax to Visitors From Other Countries — To Promote Tourism

The latetst junk tax – US proposes $10 fee on foreign visitors — to promote travel! will allegedly become a reality.

The Travel Promotion Act of 2009, passed by the United States Senate on 9 September 2009 by a margin of 79-19, with 1 Senator not voting, allows “to establish a non-profit corporation to communicate United States entry policies and otherwise promote leisure, business, and scholarly travel to the United States.”

This may mean that some visitors to the United States may be charged a US$10 fee just for visiting the United States. That money apparently will be used to fund ways to attract more international tourists to the United States, which quite a number of FlyerTalk members believe is an absolutely terrible idea,“ while other FlyerTalk members fear retaliatory fees by other nations will be imposed on tourists who are citizens of the United States when entering their countries.

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UK tax increases

UK air passenger duty (APD) will be changing (and increasing).  The current European vs inter-continental split will change to a distance based tax.  Longhaul business and first class will get the biggest tax, up to £110 from 1 November 2009 and £170 in 2010.  Ouch.  The taxing changes are discussed here.

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500 Baht Departure Tax: The End of an Era!

Although one is not required to pay 500 baht for a square piece of paper with a hole punched through it when departing from Suvarnhabumi Airport in Thailand, this does not mean that one does not have to pay the departure tax anymore.

In fact, the departure tax increased to 700 baht as of 1 February 2007.

Find out additional details in the 500 Baht Departure Tax – the end of an era! thread.

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UK passenger taxes to double

As if they weren’t already high enough, from 1 February 2006 UK passenger taxes will double. Get the news about the dues here.

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