After extensive debate and consultation Caribbean tourism ministers and commissioners have decided not to pursue a US$20 levy on cruise passengers as a means of financing a Sustainable Fund for Caribbean Tourism Development.
At their meeting in New York in June 2003, the ministers and commissioners identified the levy as one possible mechanism to finance the Fund. However, after a year of discussions they agreed to explore other avenues.
Many key players in the tourism industry are in favour of the cruise sector and the benefits that it can bring to the region.
In a recent CTN interview Berthia Parle, newly elected President of the Caribbean Hotel Association, when quizzed about the sector stated; “I personally love Cruises - I believe they are an important part of our tourism industry.”