Negative Impacts on the Tourism Industry due to the Departure Tax Increase

PRESS RELEASE

Belize City, Belize – 9th August 2017

NEGATIVE IMPACTS ON THE TOURISM INDUSTRY DUE TO THE DEPARTURE TAX INCREASE

The Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA) hereby expresses its solidarity with its long standing member and industry partner, Tropic Air Belize, in relation to its decision to discontinue its regional flights to Chetumal, Merida and San Pedro Sula, Honduras, as of September 2017.

The position paper presented by the BTIA on the 15 March 2017 identified the potential negative impacts that an increase in the departure tax would have on the tourism industry.

The BTIA calls on the Government of Belize to repeal the Amendment to the PACT Act that resulted in the departure tax increase. Tropic Air’s decision is sufficient evidence that tourism arrivals may be negatively impacted by the increase in the departure tax.

Belize must remain competitive regionally and globally to increase tourist arrivals and to promote the growth of the tourism industry. We must recognize the fragility of our tourism industry by safeguarding its future through the development and implementation of the right policies to promote sustainability, competitiveness and growth.

Belize Tourism Industry Association

execdirector@btia.org

Tel: 227-1144

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