In recent articles about the change from HST to GST, there was often a list of goods and services that will benefit due to the lower tax, but one big-ticket item that is often overlooked is packaged travel and air travel within Canada.
For example, flights within Canada will charge only five per cent GST instead of HST, making travel within Canada cheaper for B.C. consumers.
The savings are not quite as good for travel within B.C. as the hotel tax of eight per cent will be implemented. Tours to the U.S., international tours and cruises are not affected as HST was never charged on those services.
B.C. residents now have another good reason to take a tour of our own country.
Roland Neave, president
Wells Gray Tours