Tourism-dependent destinations in the Caribbean are being advised to look more to regional travel to boost their tourism product post COVID-19.
At the same time, former Minister of Tourism and Aviation in the Bahamas Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace is suggesting that governments consider reducing taxes on intra-regional travel to encourage more movement among CARICOM residents.
Insisting that he was not anti-taxes, Vanderpool-Wallace said distance and proximity should be considered when taxes are being implemented, adding that the cost of travel in the region was “outrageously high” because of the taxes and fees.
He argued that if governments were to reduce their charges on travel in the region there would be more traffic. “You will suddenly find a lot more business travel, a lot more tourist travel and a lot higher occupancies leading to a lot more employment and more tax collection by the Government,” he said.
Source: Barbados Today