The federal government of Saint Lucia has handed plans for a brand new tourism levy following two years of session and improvement.
The levy might be launched from December 1st and is designed to permit the island to extend its advertising and marketing finances and assist tourism improvement.
Tourism minister, Dominic Fedee, stated: “The purpose is to make sure that the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA) is self-sustainable.
“The previous finances allocation of roughly EC$35 million can now be directed to different demanding areas inside key sectors of schooling, nationwide safety, and well being care.”
Visitors staying at registered lodging service suppliers might be required to pay a nightly levy.
Within the two-tier system, friends might be charged US$3 or US$6 per individual per night time, relying on a room price beneath or above US$120.
Visitors who’re 12 to 17 years on the finish of their keep can pay half, whereas the price won’t apply to youngsters beneath 12 years.
Registered lodging service suppliers are required to use and accumulate the levy and remit to the administering authority.
As well as, with impact from December, Worth Added Tax (VAT) might be diminished from ten to seven per cent for tourism lodging service suppliers.
The information comes because the phased re-opening of the island continues, with the certification of 30 villas and the launch of a dine-around programme for guests.
The additional easing of sure restrictions has added extra methods to take pleasure in their island vacation throughout peak winter solar season.
Guests can already keep in as much as two Covid-certified properties in addition to participate in a broad vary of experiences together with diving, crusing and climbing up the enduring Gros Piton mountain.
Up till the tip of October, the vacation spot had safely welcomed greater than 17,000 guests since reopening July ninth.
The newly re-opened villas provide a non-public lodging various to inns and embrace a spread of choices for households to bigger teams.
There are additionally eight eating places now permitted to host guests together with the award-winning Orlando’s in Soufriere based by British Caribbean chef, Orlando Satchel. Every restaurant has a devoted time and day when it may well open to holidaymakers.