Tourism authority launches survey to study tourist tax

The Macau Government Tourism Office (MGTO) began its survey on the “feasibility of imposing a tourist tax” yesterday.

The MGTO deputy head has stated the Office may lengthen the duration of data collection depending on the quantity of the data collected.

The survey is a response to complaints regarding the impact of the recent tourism influx on the normal life of residents and is available on the Office’s website. It takes approximately five minutes to complete.

There are seven questions, with specific questions regarding the target and amount of the levy.

The survey also collects responses about respondents’ impressions of the effectiveness of 11 strategies to address visitors’ growth.

Meanwhile, the survey is also being conducted offline at immigration checkpoints, as well as through hardcopy distribution to tourism industry workers.

MGTO chief Helena de Senna Fernandes earlier stated that in her opinion an arrival levy on tourists would be incompatible with the Macau’s objective of becoming an international tourism center. Staff reporter

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