Airline to cooperate with tax refunds
Air China, the nation’s flagship carrier, will cooperate with tax authorities in Beijing to promote a tax refund program for overseas tourists to the capital, a company manager said on Wednesday.
He Zhigang, general manager of Air China’s marketing department, told reporters at a news conference in Beijing that more than 18,000 domestic and international Air China flights will soon start broadcasting an introductory video about Beijing’s tax refund program that began on July 1.
“We estimate millions of foreign tourists to Beijing will be exposed to the video each month as we are the country’s biggest carrier of inbound tourists,” he added. “Moreover, we will show the video in 19 languages on our websites and place promotional posters and distribute brochures at our ticket offices in more than 60 overseas cities.”
The airline now operates 108 overseas routes connecting the Chinese mainland with 62 overseas cities, according to the company.
Chen Bin, an official from the Beijing Municipal Office of the State Administration of Taxation who is in charge of the tax rebate program, said his office believes the cooperation will help more travelers to Beijing learn about the program.
“Most tourists to Beijing arrive here with Air China. It is necessary for them to be aware of their right to claim tax refunds from the first day they come here, so the airline’s flight will be a perfect platform to inform them about this program,” he said.
The effort is paying off because “many passengers told us that they never knew about the program before taking our flights”.
A total of 160 shopping malls, department stores and brand-name stores in the city are taking part in the program.