TravelBook shoulders 12% VAT on your hotel bookings in new campaign


TravelBook shoulders 12% VAT on your hotel bookings in new campaign

Travelers are encouraged to go around the country without worrying about budget issues because of tax as TravelBook.ph launches its Free VAT Campaign.

TravelBook.ph’s Free VAT Campaign is created as a response to the grievance of Filipino consumers who are among the highest paying taxpayers in the Southeast Asian region.

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While the likes of Singapore and Malaysia are able to tone down value added tax (VAT) charges at the minimum, the Philippines remains the only country in the region with the highest VAT of 12 percent. Apart from that, the country also ranked second in corporate income tax and personal income tax, and almost all purchases made are topped with tax. That said, many Filipinos are struggling so hard to earn enough just to cover all their expenses.

As a response, TravelBook.ph wants to ease the burden. The leading online travel agent (OTA) in the country has launched a campaign this past July wherein they will shoulder the 12% VAT on all hotel bookings made by their customers. All the customers have to do is to sign up at TravelBook Philippines’s official website www.travelbook.ph and choose among the 3,300 affiliated hotels for their trip.

From there, travelers will then see that the VAT on their hotel bookings has been deducted from the total cost of their transaction. Aside from that, some additional discounts may still be applied.

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“Every Filipino deserves the best experience when they travel. And at TravelBook.ph, we believe that it should start at the very moment that they do their actual bookings,” says Mr. Takumi Nakazawa, General Manager of Travelbook.ph.

As a result, TravelBook.ph would like to spare the Filipinos from all the hassle, stress, and problems that they normally encounter and give them more opportunities where they can unwind and explore.

“What we want to do is more of a public service instead of business. We have a heart for the customers and we do necessary actions to express that we care. That is how Free VAT campaign is born,” added Mr. Nakazawa.

The said campaign might end without prior notice to the public.

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