Tax Ben­e­fit

Southasia - - BRIEFS -

The Trav­eler’s Choice Awards determined Gili Lakan­fushi in the Mal­dives to be the top re­sort. while Co­coa Is­land and Con­stance Moo­fushi were placed on the sixth and fif­teenth po­si­tions. Baros Mal­dives, Soneva Fushi, Lux Mal­dives and Ko­mand­hoo Mal­dives Re­sort were listed among the 25 best ho­tels in Asia.

With re­sorts do­ing well in the Mal­dives, taxes too are climb­ing up. The $6 tax an­nounced in Novem­ber 2014 is be­ing re­garded as rev­enue to be in­vested in man­ag­ing waste from lo­cal re­sorts and other is­lands. The tax is one of the mea­sures de­vised in the State Bud­get for 2015 which would yield more rev­enue. It will also help add ten more re­sorts to the cur­rent 109 in the Mal­dives. The tax will be im­posed af­ter 11 months of abol­ish­ing the $8 per night bed tax. One mil­lion tourists vis­ited the Mal­dives in 2014. While this is a record for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year, a turnout of 1.4 mil­lion tourists is es­ti­mated by the tourism min­istry for 2015 and this would be de­spite the rise in taxes.

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