Aussies heading to Fiji forced to pay higher tax

Tuesday 24 January 2012

Article by Mozo

Fiji is a popular destination among Aussies and plenty of people from down under search for online travel money before heading to the island each year.

However, the government in the South Pacific country are risking alienating some holidaymakers by hiking departure tax rates, Radio Australia reports.

Previously, Aussies who were attempting to fly home from the hotspot were charged 100 Fijian dollars ($53) at the airport, but this has now been bumped up to 150 Fijian dollars.

Bosses at major Australian tour operator Flight Centre have offered people who have booked trips to Fiji the opportunity to swap their reservation for another destination.

Despite this they told the broadcaster that the rise is unlikely to dissuade too many Aussie from visiting the idyllic island in the near future.

The Fiji government also suggested that the rise is not that much and it was needed to maintain roads and infrastructure.

More Aussies are expected to take advantage of the strong dollar by travelling abroad this year.

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