Passenger tax set to blight travellers

Tourism experts in Australia are far from happy with the government's decision to hike Passenger Movement Charges.

As of July 1st 2012, visitors will be forced to pay $55 to enter the country, instead of the current rate of $47.

Chief executive of the Tourism & Transport Forum John Lee said this – coupled with airport funding reductions – will paint a very poor picture of Australia as a destination.

"We will be saying to our overseas guests, 'Welcome to Australia, please queue up over there for up to an hour while we decide if you can come in'," he remarked.

Of course, Aussies often have to pay to enter other countries and while it is a pain, we just have to accept it.

One way to minimise the cost of any passenger taxes is to search for the best exchange rates before you leave. Securing a good rate can ensure you are getting the maximum amount of overseas travel money to spend during your trip.

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