• Budget hotel pays higher taxes than luxury rivals


    Could it be because it had more patrons?

    The Mariposa, a budget hotel in Pasig City, paid a higher tax amount than luxury hotels did in 2012, according to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

    The one-star hotel, managed by Allstars Properties Phils., was included in the list of top taxpayers, having paid P73.5 million.

    Its rates range from P1,600 to P1,700 for an overnight stay.

    Mariposa has a branch in Marikina City, two in Quezon City and one in Laguna.

    In their Tax Watch Campaign ad released on Wednesday, the BIR and the Department of Finance said Mariposa’s tax payment overshadowed that of such luxury hotels as Ascott Makati, Intercontinental Manila, Dusit Thani Manila and Manila Marriott Hotel. For 2012, Ascott paid P55.5 million, Intercontinental, P52.3 million, Dusit Thani, P35.5 million and Marriott, P19.5 million.

    But the top taxpayer among hotels and motels in 2012 is little known—Crimson Hotel.

    The hotel, which is located in Filinvest, Alabang, paid P354.2 million in tax for that year. It was followed by Makati Shangri-La Hotel with P196.8 million, Edsa Shangri-La, P83.6 million and Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa, P75.1 million.

    Mariposa was the sixth biggest taxpayer, followed by Ascott, InteContinental, Dusit Thani and Marriott in seventh to 10th place.

    The other top hotel taxpayers are Pangulasian Island Resort which paid P15.4 million, Amanpulo, P13.3 million, Plantation Bay Resort and Spa, P12.6 million, Manila Hotel, P11.9 million, as well as other known hotels such as The Peninsula Manila (P6.5 million), Mandarin Oriental (P5.8 million), Traders Hotel Manila (P5.1 million), The Bellevue Manila (P3.6 million) and Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila (P1.5 million).

    Other motels that are big taxpayers: Anito Lodge, P15.2 million, Microtel Inn and Suites, P9.8 million, Victoria Court, P7.2 million, Hotel SOGO, P2.4 million and Gardenia Terrace Motel, P1.3 million.

    The BIR said 14 motels “have no TINs” for 2012.

    Other motels that did not pay taxes in 2012 include Bali-Hai Travelodge, Eurotel, Nice Hotel and Town & Country Sta. Mesa.


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    1. Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham® is an international chain of more than 300 hotels throughout North America and the Philippines. The brand is part of the more than 7,000 hotels of the Wyndham Hotel Group. Microtel caters primarily to business travellers, families and both domestic and foreign tourists. Microtel in the Philippines is the hospitality arm of the PHINMA Group. We are very proud to be recognized as a good taxpayer even if the BIR erroneously tagged us as a motel.

    2. Bigger hotels has more emplyees to support and higher maintenance cost? Example-cost of “bedbugs eradication” is higher because bigger hotel do it in more frequencies?