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  • Potter at Island Resources
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    Message 1 of 2 , May 1, 2003
      >From: "Jane Watson" <janewatson@...>
      >To: "Potter at Island Resources" <bpotter@...>
      >Subject: Re: [CAST] Head of Jamaica NEPA Advocates Tourist Tax
      >Date: Tue, 29 Apr 2003 02:34:58 +0100
      >
      >Dear Bruce
      >
      >Re the Majorca ecotax, I suppose its success depends a bit on your
      >viewpoint, and whether there is transparency in the use of the funds
      >and visibility of the results. (I have to admit, from a selfish
      >point of view perhaps, that I was glad to escape it a couple of days
      >before its introduction when I was there this time last year!)
      >
      >I will try to send you a copy of a recent article in Tourism
      >Concern's "In Focus" magazine which discusses the topic. I don't
      >have the publication to hand at the moment, but I think their
      >view was that the tax, 1 Euro per tourist per day, has been a
      >success, and tour operators were/are misguided in their objections.
      >
      >I've noted a few websites below in case you're interested to read more.
      >
      >Thanks again - and best regards
      >Jane
      >
      >WEBSITES
      >
      >The official line:
      ><http://www.ecotaxa.org/porque.en.html>http://www.ecotaxa.org/porque.en.html
      ><http://www.ecotaxa.org/pdf/ecotaxa.en.pdf>http://www.ecotaxa.org/pdf/ecotaxa.en.pdf
      >
      >Other views:
      ><http://www.ergo-living.com/members/downloads/77603_GAP%20pg52_55%20KKM.pdf>http://www.ergo-living.com/members/downloads/77603_GAP%20pg52_55%20KKM.pdf
      ><http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/1961150.stm>http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/1961150.stm
      ><http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,708019,00.html?79%3A+International+news+-+guardian>http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,708019,00.html?79%3A+International+news+-+guardian
      ><http://www.ecotaxa.org/pdf/ecotaxa.en.pdf>
      >Last item at bottom of this page cites a different possible use for the funds:
      ><http://www.majorcadailybulletin.es/first.dba?1025+1+7295>http://www.majorcadailybulletin.es/first.dba?1025+1+7295
      >
      >some sites from over a year ago debating the issue prior to its introduction:
      ><http://traveltax.msu.edu/news/Stories/observer.htm>http://traveltax.msu.edu/news/Stories/observer.htm
      ><http://traveltax.msu.edu/news/Stories/dailytelegraph6.htm>http://traveltax.msu.edu/news/Stories/dailytelegraph6.htm
      ><http://www.tourismconcern.org.uk/media/press_release_balearic_ecotax.htm>http://www.tourismconcern.org.uk/media/press_release_balearic_ecotax.htm
      >
      >----- Original Message -----
      >From: <mailto:bpotter@...>Potter at Island Resources
      >To: <mailto:janewatson@...>janewatson@...
      >Cc: <mailto:fmcdonald@...>Franklin McDonald, NEPA
      >Sent: 28 April 2003 17:18
      >Subject: Re: [CAST] Head of Jamaica NEPA Advocates Tourist Tax
      >
      >Jane --- will send in a couple days
      >
      >thanks for the Majorca news, will forward to Franklin ---
      >
      >was it "successful"?
      >
      >bp
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >>Dear Bruce
      >>
      >>Many thanks for your email. I would like a copy of the Bank paper you
      >>mention. If possible could you email it to me at
      >><mailto:janewatson@...>janewatson@... ?
      >>(On the same subject, perhaps you heard about the environmental tax
      >>on tourists
      >>in Majorca introduced a year ago?)
      >>Thanks very much.
      >>Jane
      >>
      >>
      >>Quoting Potter at Island Resources <<mailto:bpotter@...>bpotter@...>:
      >>
      >>> [Although I don't know if Franklin McDonald has ever spoken with John
      >>> Dixon of the World Bank directly on this subject, Sue Bain (then
      >>> Acting CCA Executive Director) and I heard a strong position in favor
      >>> of higher taxes on tourists expressed in a World Bank-sponsored
      >>> conference on tourism and the environment in the Dominican Republic
      >>> in 2000.
      >>>
      >>> Here's the title of a Bank paper on the subject, which I can e-mail
      >>> or post in the FILES sections of these e-mail lists if anyone wants
      >>> it:
      >>>
      >>> >TOURISM AND THE ENVIRONMENT
      >>> >IN THE CARIBBEAN: AN ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK
      >>> >
      >>> >Report No. 20453-LAC
      >>> >
      >>> >June 2000
      >>> >
      >>> >Environment Department
      >>> >The World Bank
      > >> >
      >>> >In collaboration with
      >>> >The European Commission
      >>> >
      >>> >This paper was written by John Dixon, Kirk Hamilton, Stefano
      >>> >Pagiola, and Lisa Segnestam of the Environment Department of the
      >>> >World Bank, in collaboration with the European Commission. The
      >>> >development of the paper benefited greatly from comments and written
      >>> >suggestions from many people, both in the Caribbean and in other
      >>> >parts of the world. The authors also benefited from comments from
      >>> >government representatives, the tourism/ travel industry, and
      >>> >various bilateral and multilateral agencies working on this issue.
      >>> >
      >>> >The authors would like to thank Julia Peck (World Bank Consultant)
      >>> >for her research assistance, and Maria Donoso Clark, Dan Gross,
      >>> >Richard Huber, Raj Nallari, and John Panzer (World Bank.) We would
      >>> >also like to thank , Richard Beales (DFID), Carolyn Cain (IFC),
      >>> >Felix Finisterre (St Lucia National Heritage Project), Douglas
      >>> >Frechtling (George Washington University), George Gwyer and Simon le
      >>> >Grand (EC), Juan Llado (CARICOM), Cecil Miller (CDB), Ralph
      >>> >Osterwoldt (CIDA), Bruce Potter (Island Resources Foundation),
      >>> >Kelly Robinson (CAST), and Ronald Williams (Wider Caribbean Waste
      >>> >Reduction and Recycling Alliance). A special thanks is due to the
      >>> >participants at workshops in Grenada, the Dominican Republic and
      >>> >Brussels for helpful comments and discussions on this topic.
      >>>
      >>>
      >>> bruce potter]
      >>>
      >>>
      >>> NEPA head calls for tax on tourists
      >>> Funds to be used for protected areas
      >>> Observer Reporter
      >>> Thursday, April 24, 2003FORSTMAYR... I would not look favourably on it
      >>>
      >>> CHIEF executive officer of the National Environment and Planning
      >> > Agency (NEPA), Franklyn McDonald has called for an additional tax to
      >> > be levied on visitors to the island. The funds generated, he said,
      >> > could be used to finance projects for the island's protected areas.
      >>>
      >>> "We have seen in other Caribbean islands, like Barbados, where a
      >>> small tax is put on tourists. A similar model has been developed for
      >>> here and we think that this could be the way of the future," he said.
      >>>
      >>> He was speaking with the Observer after Tuesday's prayer ceremony, to
      >>> commemorate NEPA's first anniversary, at their Caledonia Avenue
      >>> offices in Kingston.
      >>> MCDONALD... we are hoping that something similar to the environmental
      >>> tax could be developed so that there could be a dedicated revenue
      >>> stream of some kind
      >>>
      >>> McDonald, who said the recently announced environmental levy on PET
      >>> bottles was a step in the right direction, called for a separate
      >>> stream of funds devoted to financing programmes for the island's
      >>> protected areas.
      >>>
      >>> "Our protected areas are facing a significant threat now, especially
      >> > in the area of financing; it is precarious," he said. "We are hoping
      >>> that something similar to the environmental tax could be developed so
      >>> that there could be a dedicated revenue stream of some kind."
      >>>
      >>> But president of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA),
      >>> Josef Forstmayr vehemently rejected the proposal of an additional tax
      >>> on the island's visitors.
      >>>
      >>> "This is ridiculous. We already pay a high beach tax. I am against
      >>> any more taxes going into a consolidated fund and going elsewhere. I
      >>> would not look favourably on it," he told the Observer.
      >>>
      >>> Cruise ships already pay a passenger head tax, and these funds are
      >>> now funnelled directly to the Port Authority of Jamaica for the
      >>> operations of the island's port facilities. And tourists who leave
      >>> the island by plane have to pay a departure tax included in the
      >>> ticket price of all departing passengers.
      >>>
      >>> The tourist industry has long argued that these taxes are too high
      >>> and will reduce the country's ability to effectively compete for
      >>> business. McDonald's suggestion of an additional tax would likely
      >>> elicit responses similar to Forstmayr's, right across the sector.
      >>>
      >>> Some of the JHTA head's strong objection was based on the
      > >> Government's failure, in the past, to funnel the revenue earned from
      >>> tourism, back into the sector.
      >>>
      >>> "We were told the beach tax would be used to fix up our beaches and
      >>> we have not seen too much of that," said an irate Forstmayr.
      >>>
      >>> And despite McDonald's welcoming of the levy on PET bottles, which is
      >>> expected to yield $192 million and should come into effect by the
      >>> first of next month, it is a source of concern for other business and
      >>> environmental groups.
      >>>
      >>> General manager of Pepsi-Cola Jamaica, Andrew Reid raised questions
      >>> about the administration of the environmental levy and said that he
      >>> would be seeking a meeting with Finance Minister Omar Davies to
      >>> discuss the issue.
      >>>
      >>> Reid's call for a meeting with Davies was echoed by executive
      >>> director of Recycle for Life, Bevan Morrison, who said the levy
      >>> should have been more comprehensive.
      >>>
      >>> "The tax is to be implemented in two weeks and we know very little
      >>> about," she said. "I am not sure how it will affect us and it's
      >>> something that we will have to meet and discuss."
      >>>
      >>>
      >>>
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    • Potter at Island Resources
      [I should maybe add that I just learned that the British Virgin Islands has had a $5.00 departure tax since the 4th of March. . sure surprised me . . . . bp
      Message 2 of 2 , May 15, 2003
        [I should maybe add that I just learned that the British Virgin
        Islands has had a $5.00 departure tax since the 4th of March. . sure
        surprised me . . . . bp ]


        >From: "Jane Watson" <janewatson@...>
        >To: "Potter at Island Resources" <bpotter@...>
        >Subject: Re: [CAST] Head of Jamaica NEPA Advocates Tourist Tax
        >Date: Wed, 14 May 2003 00:56:34 +0100
        >
        >Bruce
        >The article below appeared yesterday on Travel Mole
        >(<http://www.travelmole.com>www.travelmole.com).
        >Jane
        >
        >
        >Taxing time for island visitors?
        >
        ><http://www.travelmole.com/cgi-bin/iadmin.cgi?&page=46&news_id=97745&t=13>
        >
        >Island resorts around Europe could be ready to introduce tourist
        >taxes in line with those introduced in the Balearic Islands last
        >year.
        >
        >
        >As reported by News From Abroad, the levy, which averages around one
        >euro per day per visitor, was introduced a year ago and raised in
        >the region of £12 million for the islands in the first six months.
        >The cash is already being used on scores of projects designed to
        >make the islands a better destination for tourists.
        >
        >
        >Now Dr Raoul Bianchi, a tourism expert at London Metropolitan
        >University, says he believes other islands are likely to go down the
        >same route. He told The Observer: "Other regions have looked at the
        >Majorca experiment and seen that it hasn't hurt tourism, and is not
        >too costly to implement."
        >
        >Bianchi believes that several destinations including the Canaries,
        >Malta and some Greek islands are looking at introducing a similar
        >levy. He believes the Canaries may be first: "If the Socialist Party
        >increases its share of the vote in the 25 May elections, I think a
        >similar form of tax is likely to be introduced there." <>
        >
        >newsfromabroad 12-May-2003
        >Categories: <http://www.travelmole.com/news/index.html>News
        >archive,
        ><http://www.travelmole.com/news/newsfromabroad/index.html>TravelMole's
        >Newsfromabroad
        >Story read 238


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