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Tourism Minister: We’ve Already Given A 7-Month Delay

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Deputy Prime Minister and Tourism Minister Chester Cooper says cruise lines have seven months until the recently announced passenger tax will be implemented.

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NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Deputy Prime Minister and Tourism Minister Chester Cooper says cruise lines have seven months until the recently announced passenger tax will be implemented. 

That means passengers could possibly pay more if cruise lines pass on the cost.

The news comes after the Tribune newspaper reported that cruise lines are pushing for the government to postpone the implementation of the tax; here’s what Cooper had to say about that.

According to the Tribune article, cruise lines say they were not notified early enough to prepare for the rise. 

The Passenger Tax Amendment Bill will require cruise passengers leaving Nassau or Freeport to pay $23 instead of $18. 

Those leaving by sea from a private island without visiting any other port in the country will pay $25. 

The tourism minister says he met with these stakeholders and communicated the government’s position. 

As for the impact of the delay on government revenue, Cooper says there will have no impact.

Cooper was asked if he’s concerned this could be a deterrent.

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