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Bicester Village Now Offers International Travelers Tax Back On-Site With Other Chic Outlet Shopping® Villages to Follow

November 22, 2013 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

Bicester Village, one of the Collection of nine Chic Outlet Shopping® Villages in Europe, has unveiled an on-site facility for tax refund and currency exchange by the ChangeGroup on Wednesday 23 October, adding to its existing suite of exceptional hospitality services.

International guests can face long and frustrating queues at the airport to claim tax back on purchases made in the UK; this new, on-site service at Bicester Village, conveniently situated next to the Bicester Visitor Centre, will enable guests to obtain ‘on-the-spot’ tax refunds quickly and easily.

The process is simple: when making a purchase from a boutique displaying the Tax Free logo, guests living outside the EU can request a VAT refund form that, once completed, can be taken to the ChangeGroup facility for a refund on presentation of their passport, store receipts and a Visa, MasterCard or AMEX credit card (with at least six months validity). Refunds can be made in cash in the guest’s choice of currency, or paid directly onto their credit card. This service is available to guests from outside the EU, with purchases totalling £50–£3,000. To complete the process, guests will be required to have their VAT refund forms stamped at customs and they must then be returned to the ChangeGroup in the envelope provided within 21 days.

Additionally, the ChangeGroup’s currency exchange service will enable guests to exchange 40 currencies from around the world at competitive rates in the Village, including euros, US dollars and Qatar riyals.

The first of its kind in the luxury outlet shopping arena, the ChangeGroup facility will be rolled out across the entire Collection of nine Chic Outlet Shopping® Villages in Europe, with the next opening at La Vallée Village near Paris in early 2014. This will join a range of hospitality services currently available across the Collection of Chic Outlet Shopping® Villages in Europe, which includes a chauffeur service, free Wi-Fi, style consultancy, valet parking and hands-free shopping. Services vary in each Village.

For more information visit changegroup.co.uk, or email info(at)changegroup(dot)com.

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