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Hainan starts tax rebate measures

01-04-2011 13:45 BJT

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From January 1st this year, foreign tourists visiting Hainan can claim back on sales tax. The new measures have only been in effect for a few days, but some holiday makers are already taking full advantage.

The first foreign tourist who got his tax back was Jean Claude Baumgarten, the vice chairman of the World Travel and Tourism Council. He bought 3 Chinese-style garments for his family. He's visited China many times, but this is the first time he's been able to enjoy the tax rebate.

Jean Claude Baumgarten, the vice chairman of the World Travel and Tourism Council

The rebate is available for tourists from abroad, and those from the Hong Kong and Macao regions who have resided inside China, for less than 183 consecutive days. The tax rebate scheme will be available for purchases of 800 yuan or more. Many tourists say the new initiative makes Hainan a more attractive holiday destination.

In the first three quarters of 2010, over 480 thousand visitors travelled to Hainan. Many believe the rebate measures will attract many more tourists from abroad.

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: CNTV.CN

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