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Tourism Association Budget response

Tourism Association  Budget response
July 04
14:02 2017


The Fiji Hotel & Tourism Association is appreciative of Government efforts  to consider the challenges faced by the industry.

But while the Association applauds the vision and initiative of Government, it is disappointed that a 25 per cent tax is still applicable to the tourism industry.

Association Chief Executive Officer, Fantasha Lockington said: “The Association is disappointed that the Environmental Levy (now  called the Environment & Climate Adaptation Levy – ECAL) has been increased, off-setting the decrease in Service Turnover Tax (STT), and is still only mainly applicable to the  tourism industry.”

She said the 25 per cent total taxes continue to provide challenges for the industry to compete in its main global source markets which are becoming increasingly price competitive.

“However, the Association will continue to work with Government to address the 25% total tax application on the tourism industry that is contributing directly to Fiji being perceived as an expensive destination,” said Ms Lockington.

Meanwhile, Association President Dixon Seeto and Board of Directors thanked the Government for listening to the concerns of the industry and responding pro-actively to many of the issues raised.

“The removal of the dividend tax and income tax threshold increase to $30,000 will also significantly affect many members positively and directly according to the Association.

“This Budget addressed important social and economic issues and follows the Government’s policy of consistency and continuity.

“The new initiative to address climate change is especially commendable as Fiji makes a strong stand for climate action change in the Pacific that apart from critical social economic benefits supports the long term sustainability of tourism in our beautiful islands,” he said.


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