Underperforming Philippines Extends Tax Breaks to Attract Tourism Investors

Skift | July 08, 2019

The Philippines is extending tax incentives for another decade to help stimulate investments in its tourism enterprise zones to help it achieve an ambitious goal of luring 12 million foreign arrivals by 2022.The incentives were to have expired by the end of this year. The zones are designated and supervised by the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority. They include sites in destinations such as Cebu, Palawan, Manila, Bataan, Bohol, and Surigao del Norte.

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A recent study in the UK by the Dynamic Currency Conversion Forum showed unclaimed travel expenses cost business travellers an average of £142 (R2,621) per international trip. The study also found that fewer than one in eight corporate travellers were able to reclaim all of their expenses and that most business travellers take more than three weeks to recoup their costs.

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A recent study in the UK by the Dynamic Currency Conversion Forum showed unclaimed travel expenses cost business travellers an average of £142 (R2,621) per international trip. The study also found that fewer than one in eight corporate travellers were able to reclaim all of their expenses and that most business travellers take more than three weeks to recoup their costs.

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Expedia Group | September 14, 2022

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To ensure more people are able to experience all that travel has to offer​, Expedia Group will focus a portion of its giving to provide grants to impact-driven organizations working to remove barriers to travel for underserved communities around the world. ​ Economic advancement for communities underrepresented in travel Expedia Group is strengthening economic opportunity across the travel ecosystem to ensure more people and communities can benefit from the industry’s growth and associated benefits. Using the power of its technology platform to help diversify the business of travel, Expedia Group will support small and local businesses, particularly those focused on improving the representation and experience of underrepresented travelers. What’s Next? To help diversify the business of travel and meet traveler demand for more responsible options, Expedia Group will soon launch a program aimed at start-ups and small and medium-sized businesses in travel. 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