Monday, July 15, 2019

‘Tax the cruise sector and reduce airport tax’ Bahamian businessman urges Caribbean governments to make changes

By Delana Isles

CARIBBEAN governments should tax the cruise sector more and lessen taxes for air passengers in and around the region.

This is the view of Robert MacLellan, managing director of MacLellan and Associates, a hospitality consultancy firm based in the Bahamas.

In an opinion piece that has been shared by several times by numerous media houses across the Caribbean this week, McLellan urged Caribbean governments that if they band together they can negotiate better deals for their destinations, and are thus less susceptible to threats of being dropped from the cruise lines.

For this to happen, he stated that tourism dependent governments should follow the model developed by oil producing countries for their negotiations decades ago.  Read more >>