The Government of St Lucia will introduce a tourism levy effective December 15, 2020 to aid in the financing of the industry marketing and development.
In a two-tier system, guests will be charged either US$3 or US$6 per person per night depending on a room rate below or above US$120. A rate of 50% of the tourism levy will apply to guests who are 12 to 17 years at the end of their stay.
The fee will not apply to children under 12 years. Additionally, the government will from December 1, reduce the VAT from 10% to 7% for tourism accommodation service providers. Other countries such as Antigua, Barbados, Belize, Jamaica, St Kitts, and St Vincent have similar levies on accommodation for visitors. (JG)
Extract from CARICOM BUSINESS Newsletter Vol. 3 No. 47
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