Helloworld Travel has confirmed it will absorb the 1% increase in Hawaii’s Transient Accommodation Tax that will come into effect on 1 January 2018. The State of Hawaii Department of Taxation amendment will bring the total tax rate, including general excise tax and country surcharge, to 14.962% for Oahu hotels, and the other islands (Maui/Kauai/Big Island) will increase to 14.416%.
The amendment states that that from 1 January 2018, the Transient Accommodation Tax rate in Hawaii shall be 10.25%, effective for all bookings both new and existing with nights stayed from 1 January 2018 until 31 December 2030.
To minimise the impact on travellers and HWT’s agents, the company will absorb the increase for all existing bookings with money on file to Hawaii that will be affected by the increase. This includes bookings made through Wholesale brands Qantas Holidays and Viva Holidays, as well as GO Holidays in New Zealand.
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