TIEZA Registration (Register with TIEZA) in the Philippines

(Source: RA No. 9593 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations)

The Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) actively promotes the Philippine tourism industry. Republic Act No. 9593 otherwise known as “The Tourism Act of 2009,” declares a national policy for tourism as an engine of investment, employment, growth, and national development, by strengthening the Department of Tourism and its attached agencies to effectively and efficiently implement that policy and appropriating funds therefore. TIEZA is authorized to regulate the Tourism Enterprise Zones (TEZs) established in the country under said act.

Tourism enterprises are facilities, services, and attractions primarily engaged in whole or in part in tourism and for the purpose of attracting visitors to and within the Philippines such as, but not limited to, facilities, services, and attractions involved in tourism:

  • Travel and tour services
  • Tourist transport services, whether for land, sea, or air transportation
  • Tour guides
  • Adventure sports services involving such sports as mountaineering, spelunking, scuba diving, and other sports activities of significant tourism potential
  • Convention organizers
  • Accommodation establishments, including but not limited to, hotel, resorts, apartment hotels or apartelles, and condotels that cater to tourists, tourist inns, motels, pension houses, and home stay operators
  • Tourism estate management services
  • Restaurants
  • Shops and department stores
  • Sports and recreational centers
  • Spas
  • Facilities offering health and wellness services
  • Museums and galleries
  • Theme parks
  • Convention centers
  • Zoos; and
  • Such other enterprises as may be identified by the Department of Tourism  or TIEZA.

To avail of incentives, a tourism enterprise must locate in a Tourism Enterprise Zone (TEZ) and must register with TIEZA. However, only those existing accommodation establishments located outside of the TEZ can be a Registered Tourism Enterprise (RTE) and may avail of incentives from TIEZA. Other tourism enterprises may avail of incentives provided that their tourism activities are included in the Investment Priorities Plan (IPP).

TIEZA-registered entities and TEZ Operators may avail of the following Fiscal Incentives:

  • Income Tax Holiday
  • Exempted from payment of all national and local taxes
  • 5% on gross income
  • Exemption from custom duties

Non-Fiscal Incentives may include:

  • Employment of Foreign Nationals for the following positions:
    • Executive
    • Supervisor
    • Technical
    • Advisor/Consultant
  • Special Investor’s Resident Visa (SIRV)
  • Working Visas
  • Buildings and lands in a TEZ may be leased to foreign investors for fifty years and renewable of no more than twenty-five years. This is also known as the Investor’s Lease Act or Republic Act 7652.
  • Repatriation of Investment

For existing accommodation establishments (RTEs) outside of a TEZ, available incentives are as follows:

  • Income tax holiday for up to six years for upgrade or expansion of facilities as long as the upgrade’s costs amount to at least 50% of its original investment
  • Imported capital equipment necessary for the upgrade/expansion or renovation shall be free of duties and taxes.