Tax on private villa rental coming in new tourism law

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A new Tourism Bill will make provisions for private villa owners who rent their property to pay a tax.

The bill will require registration for the current practice of renting private villas to visiting tourists and licensing of those villas for that purpose.

“The villas will be required to pay taxes that exceed what a household pays, when the Bill becomes law” the government said.

Jet Skis owners will also have to provide certain guarantees, given the challenge faced when they are involved in accidents.

These craft are currently licensed by the ADOMS, but do not have regulations governing use.

Meanwhile, Licenses and other forms of certification will be required in order to keep citizens from being replaced by workers from within CARICOM who have the necessary certification, at high levels.

Certification that will enable all to be fairly treated is one of the areas which the new Tourism Bill will pursue, to the benefit of workers in the hospitality industry.

The Tourism Bill, when enacted, will coordinate the enforcement of related Acts. It was returned for further tweaking.

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