Jamaica to introduce new tourist enhancement taxation

By Ben Kilbey
The price of travelling to Jamaica is set to increase by US$10 for air arrivals and US$2 for cruise passengers in a new tourist enhancement program. Money will be utilised to increase Jamaica’s product by improving infrastructure and ‘beautifying’ resort towns such as Montego Bay and Ocho Rios.
Speaking at a press conference at Caribbean Marketplace on Tuesday Paul Pennicook, JTB’s director of tourism, indicated that the tourist enhancement pricing will be built into the ticket cost, therefore collectable at the point of booking.

As yet there are no firm dates set for the initiation of the new taxation, however JTB officials did indicate that the process could set in motion late in the first quarter of 2005.
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