A feasibility study on the levying of a tourist tax in Macau has shown differences among the respondents, with residents favourable to its introduction and tour operators against it, said the Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO).
The study, which was based on responses to 14,900 questionnaires, revealed that 95% of the residents are favourable to the introduction of a tax, compared with 5.0% who were opposed to it, while in the case of tour operators 20% are in favour and 80% against.
Among visitors surveyed, 50.6% said that if the fee is introduced it would affect their desire to visit Macau, 25.2% responded that it would depend on the specific circumstances whether it would influence their decision and only 24.2% said that it would not affect it.
The statement recalled that the Government of the Macau Special Administrative Region (MSAR) has kept an open mind about levying a tourist tax and adds that the MGTO had launched a feasibility study on the charging a tourist tax with the main objective of collecting, in a systematic way, via a poll, the views of residents, tourism operators and visitors.
Among the visitor respondents who agreed with the levying of a tourist tax, 32.2% said that the value should be between 100 and 199 patacas (US$12.5 to US$25), followed by 21.9% who considered that the value should be 0 to 99 patacas (0 to US$12.5).
On the other hand, a significant percentage of visitors (30.5%) think that a tourist rate of 0 to 99 patacas would affect their interest in visiting Macau, followed by those who (26.4%) think that a tourist rate of 100 to 199 patacas would affect their interest in visiting Macau. (macauhub)