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Kitakyushu and Fukuoka to introduce accommodation tax from April

JIJI

Kitakyushu officials agreed with the Fukuoka Prefectural Government on Friday to set its planned accommodation tax for people staying at hotels in the city at ¥200 per guest per night.

The second-biggest city in the prefecture aims to introduce the levy in April.

From the ¥200, ¥150 will go to the city government and ¥50 to the prefectural government.

The tax will be set uniformly at ¥200 regardless of accommodation rates because the number of luxury hotel rooms in the city is limited. The municipal government plans to submit a draft ordinance on the new tax to the city assembly next month.

Kitakyushu expects to earn about ¥300 million a year from the tax.

The city of Fukuoka, the prefectural capital, is also planning to introduce an accommodation tax.

The city and the prefecture have already agreed to set the levy at ¥200 per guest per night, with ¥150 going to the city and ¥50 to the prefecture, for rooms costing less than ¥20,000, and at ¥500, with ¥450 going to the city and ¥50 to the prefecture, for rooms that cost ¥20,000 or more.

Fukuoka Prefecture and its capital city have passed relevant ordinances and are now in the process of obtaining approval from the internal affairs ministry to introduce the tax, which is also planned for April.

The prefectural government also plans to collect ¥200 in accommodation tax per person per night from municipalities within the prefecture that are not planning to introduce such a levy.

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