Culture, shopping, great food and breath-taking landscapes lure many tourists to Mexico, but come June, there one more reason. It’s the money, honey.
Tourists departing Mexico City, Cancún, Guadalajara, Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta by air and who spend between $115 USD and $1,000 USD on a credit or debit card issued outside of Mexico at authorized stores can get up to half of the sales tax back. In the second phase of the program, slated to begin six months later, tourists departing the international airports at Morelia, Monterrey, Cozumel, Leon, and Mazatlán will be able to enjoy the same privilege. The rest of the country’s international airports and the maritime terminals of Acapulco, La Paz, Puerto Vallarta, Huatulco, and Mazatlán will join the pack in the third phase of the program. Food and beverage expenses aren’t part of the deal.
A good deal for flyers at least. I know Canada and Australia have such programs though down under it only applied to bigger ticket items than I was buying and did not cover car rentals and lodging which ate up most of my money. Anything in the works do you know for those of us using the road?
This new membership organization is designed for people who have a home in Mexico and are interested in visiting or exchanging homes with others who also have a home in Mexico. Started in February, there are over 100 members. Membership is FREE during 2008. To maintain quality, you have to be approved before your membership is activated. It looks very promising as a way to travel affordably and get acquainted with new areas from a local’s perspective