Guest In­cen­tive

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

The gov­ern­ment of Mal­dives in­tro­duced a new green tax for tourists which will be ap­pli­ca­ble from next year at a rate of $6 per bed per night. How­ever, guest houses would be ex­empt from pay­ing the new tax, ac­cord­ing to Min­is­ter of Tourism Ahmed Adeeb. This will be done to re­duce the im­pact on small and medium busi­nesses. “Since 2013, the guest house phe­nom­e­non has been on the rise. We do not want to hin­der the de­vel­op­ment of th­ese busi­nesses so we have de­cided to ex­empt guest houses from pay­ing the tax,” Adeeb said.

The rev­enue gen­er­ated from the new levy will be spent on re­solv­ing the waste man­age­ment is­sues in the greater Malé re­gion. The gov­ern­ment also plans to re­move im­port duty on con­struc­tion ma­te­rial needed for the re­fur­bish­ment of re­sorts. This step will give a boost to re­sort de­vel­op­ment and pro­vide em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties to hun­dreds of peo­ple.

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