If you took a holiday last year you paid a sneaky tax when you left the country and chances are you didn’t even notice.
Everytime some one books an overseas ticket on a plane or cruise ship leaving Australia, passengers are hit with a $55 fee, Margy Osmond, chief executive of Tourism and Transport Forum Australia, explained to the Herald Sun.
But while the fee is said to cover customs and border security, Margy says this isn’t accurate.
“If the holiday tax was a true cost-recovery fee on travellers it should be only about $14, not $55 — a near 400 per cent overcharge on people travelling overseas,” she writes.
Yep we’re paying almost four times what we should be.
That means when we dish out $220 one way to go to Bali, a quarter of it is tax!
“Many families, whether in Australia or overseas, scrimp and save to be able to afford a modest getaway overseas once in a while. They don’t deserve to be hit by a hidden tax that can add up to hundreds of dollars on the cost of their travel.
“More than 80 per cent of those polled said the tax should be slashed or at the very least the revenue raised should be directed to support the growth of Australia’s tourism industry and not the government’s coffers.”