1 Feb 2010

Fiji's tourism and economy expected to get boost from new tax refund

2:42 pm on 1 February 2010

Fiji's tourism industry and economy are expected to get a boost from a new tax refund system.

The Fiji Islands Revenue and Customs Authority has initiated the Tourist VAT Refund Scheme which allows tourists to claim tax back from daily purchases totalling at least 255 US dollars or more.

The tax can be reclaimed by visitors at Nadi International Airport and at Suva Wharf on departure.

The Managing Director of Fiji's Prouds stores that sell duty free and non duty free items, Bhupen Patel, says he expects foreign customers to spend more money.

"Because Fiji lost that charm about duty free shopping some years ago and we hope the scheme is going to bring back that punch-line that tourists are always looking for. Of course they come here for a sunset and sea but the shopping bit was a missing factor, so this should complete their experience."

Bhupen Patel says the scheme will also boost tourism.