Published On: Sun, Dec 20th, 2020

Cancun: collection of new $10 US dollar tourist tax will begin in April

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The collection of the 10 dollar tax to foreign tourists who arrive in Quintana Roo will come into effect on April 1st, 2021, according to the opinion that proposed reforms to the Quintana Roo Finance Law, approved by the local Congress.

The State Secretary for Tourism (Sedetur), Marisol Vanegas, has endorsed this determination by ensuring that “a payment of 10 dollars to the international profile that we have will not make a dent” in the arrival of tourists.

In that sense, she has argued that “there are many other destinations” that have this tax, and that it is necessary due to the deficit that the state of Quintana Roo will have due to the fall in tourism as a result of the pandemic.

The tourism sector has rejected this measure. From hoteliers to travel agencies and tour operators have warned of the consequences that the new tax will have for the arrival of tourists compared to competing destinations such as the Dominican Republic or Cuba, which instead of establishing new tax rates, stimulate foreign tourism.

The National Air Transport Chamber (Canaero), which groups national and international airlines, cargo companies, air taxis, and service providers, and the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which represents 290 airlines worldwide, have joined the protest of these subsectors.

In a document signed by Cuitláhuac Gutiérrez Martínez, country manager of IATA Mexico, and Luis Noriega Benet, president of Canaero, asked to reconsider this proposal contemplated in the 2021 tax package, since it will discourage the arrival of tourists. 

Likewise, they expressed their concern about the proposal for the patrimonial use, which seeks that international tourists who enter the state of Quintana Roo by air, are subject to payment for the use of the public property of the state.

Finally, they pointed out that the mechanism through which this benefit is to be collected is also worrying due to the difficulties it represents in the operation at an airport and an airline.

The Riviera Maya Times Newsroom

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