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Badung Collects $30 M in Hotel Tax

Regional Government Cites Hotels for Best Practice in Paying Hotel & Restaurant Tax.

(1/5/2002) Despite the sudden drop of foreign arrivals post-911, the Badung Regency has managed to surpass its hotel & restaurant tax target of Rp. 300 billion, successfully collecting Rp. 314 billion (+/- US$30 million) for the fiscal year 2001. The Badung Regency covers the hotels in the southern part of the island including Denpasar, Sanur, Kuta, Jimbaran and Nusa Dua.

In a ceremony to acknowledge "best practice" among tourism tax payers held on Friday, January 4, 2002, the Bupati of Badung, Mr. Anak Agung Ngurah Oka Ratmadi, S.H. cited a number of hotels in the regency for paying their taxes in full and on time. Among the hotels acknowledged for fulfilling their civic responsibility were:

Grand Hyatt Resort, Four Seasons Resort Bali, Melia Bali Hotel, Hotel Sheraton Laguna, Nusa Dua Beach Hotel and Nikko Bali Resort & Spa.

At the same ceremony, finance officials from the regional government revealed that some Rp. 30 billion (+/- US$ 2.8 million) still remains unpaid from a number of Badung area hotels.

Anticipating a drop in both visitors and revenues in 2002, the Badung regional government has reduced the target for 2002 by 33% to Rp. 200 billion (+/- $US 20 million). (Bali Post)