Air­line to co­op­er­ate with tax re­funds

China Daily (Canada) - - XI’S VISIT - By ZHAO LEI zhaolei@chi­nadaily.com.cn

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.

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