Saint Lucia to introduce new ‘tourist accommodation fee’

Published on : Thursday, January 9, 2020

The Government of Saint Lucia has declared that, following consultations with the tourist industry stakeholders, it will be bringing in a new tourist accommodation fee.

 

As of April 1, 2020, stay-over visitors to Saint Lucia will need to pay an accommodation fee for nightly stay in the island.

 

On the island, all accommodation providers will collect US$3.00 and US$6.00 from their stay over guests on a nightly rate below or above US$120.

 

The stay-over visitors will pay the fees and collected by accommodation providers who will send the fees to the Government via the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority.

 

Guests at accommodation services obtained through sharing platforms like Airbnb and VRBO likely to experience accommodation fee of 7% on the full cost of stay.

 

The tourist accommodation fee will be utilized to funding the destination marketing activities assumed by the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA) as it endorses the tourism product of Saint Lucia worldwide and mainly in the main markets within the US, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and Europe.

 

Also, the fee in Saint Lucia will be used to help village tourism development, and destination management and development of the local product. The main purpose is to fortify the SLTA’s ability to increase its marketing of the destination and to support tourism development in Saint Lucia with the collection of a fee that correlates to visitor arrivals.

 

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