Tourists to get tax re­funds on pur­chases

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

Over­seas visi­tors mak­ing pur­chases in Bei­jing and Shang­hai are get­ting tax re­funds in an ef­fort to bol­ster tourism and sales of some items pop­u­lar with for­eign visi­tors, such as sou­venirs, silk, porce­lain and tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicine prod­ucts.

The re­bate pro­gram that be­gan on Wed­nes­day could sig­nif­i­cantly stim­u­late the de­vel­op­ment of Bei­jing’s tourism, which has seen slow growth in spend­ing and a de­crease in visi­tors, said Wang Yue, deputy di­rec­tor of the Bei­jing Mu­nic­i­pal Com­mis­sion of Tourism De­vel­op­ment..

Tourists from over­seas, will be el­i­gi­ble for an 11 per­cent re­bate on con­sumer goods bought at des­ig­nated stores. The min­i­mum pur­chase to ob­tain a tax re­fund is 500 yuan (about $80) at any one store in a day.

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