Barbados Government Backing Away From Increasing Airport Exit Tax

Apparently, someone in government stopped smoking funny cigarettes on the weekend, sobered up and discovered what everyone else knows: a higher exit tax kills tourism.

Listen carefully, and you can hear the sound of backpeddling throughout government…

Barbados’ plans to increase the departure tax at the Grantley Adams International Airport from next month may be put on hold until next year.

The Ministry of Tourism is now considering this proposal from the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association.

BHTA President, Alvin Jemmott, says his organisation has met with tourism minister, Noel Lynch and the Barbados Tourism Authority on the issue and is hoping for a deferral…

… Read the entire article at the CBC (link here).

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8 responses to “Barbados Government Backing Away From Increasing Airport Exit Tax

  1. Phoenix

    Our government may be crazy, but at least 10% of the time, they arent stupid.

  2. Bajanboy

    Well, we need to have a world-class airport and someone has to pay for it, either directly or indirectly.

    I think the real issue with the airport service fee is not the quantum of the increase, but the fact that, in general, people are fed up with the current level of taxation and what they get in return from government.

    If a US$12.50 increase in the price of a trip is going to deter someone from coming here, that says a lot of about the quality of our tourist product and the type of tourists we are able to attract.

    Once again, I beleive that everyone using the airport should pay something towards its upkeep.

  3. ross

    There is a leak in the departure lounge just outside the bathrooms and water pours in when it rains. Just bringing this to the attention of whoever is in charge in case nobody has realized as it has been leaking on the carpet for some time now. It needs fixing!

  4. Mania

    Good grief..no-one minds paying a lil something towards the upkeep/financing of the airport facility they use to exit the island, but let’s get real here, okay?

    If I’m buying shares in the place at Bds.$60 a pop,
    at least give me a certificate for 1 share, per Escape Tax I pay, okay??

    Enough is enough.
    Increase de ting from $25 to $40: ENOUGH!
    Nuhbody en’t gyne quarrel too bad wid dat, but cuh dear…paying ouright for the Airport Manager’s BIG RIDE is quite another thing!

    The Barbados Government is now suffering, ‘twould seem,
    from a psychological disorder called MEGALOMANIA

    Forbes Burnham used to suffer from it. So did Stalin.
    It happens, okay?

  5. CBC report “Mr Jemmott says IATA… has already adopted the increase. What has IATA got to do with our exit tax? Should “adopted” read “been notified of” ?

  6. Bajan Boy- What comes first- the chicken or the egg? (Or in this case the goose)

    The airport was built for multimillions because our tourism business needed it to flourish. It is the profits of tourism which is supposed to pay for it.

    You can’t say “Ohmygod, we paid too much for it, so must get our money back the easy way, by swingeing the general public”.

    We didn’t need this massive expense. The previous airport was fine for local needs. What caused it was the prospect of vast jumbo jets bringing tourists here in even greater numbers. These greater numbers are supposed to pay for the extra costs. Instead there is panic and we risk killing the goose before it has a chance to lay its golden eggs.

  7. Hants

    BHTA says bookings down for winter season

    from http://www.cbc.bb

    Very interesting article.

  8. Environmentalist

    Freespeech, my understanding is that in manyh if not most jurisdictions this type of tax/ security charge etc is included in your ticket cost and collected by IATA and remitted to the relevant authorities.

    Some may say that GAIA in their haste and greed to collect the funds ASAP decided to start collecting sooner rather than later. They could have waited until arrangements were in place for IATA to collect and maybe the exercise would not have been the public relations disaster that it was.

    I think that most of us would agree that a reasnonable and modest increase would be warranted but the issue we have is with the quantum.