On May 24, 2018, the people of Barbados elected a new Government. The new administration has embarked on a bold, progressive, and assertive program to renew our country’s social and economic fortunes and to further enhance Barbados’ presence as one of the top tourism destinations in the world, as we move towards full development.
The Government of Barbados is seeking to improve its national infrastructure to maintain its competitiveness as a destination for the benefit of all partners and stakeholders. All Barbadians, those who love Barbados, and those that are key partners in the country’s development, have been called upon to play a part in this social and economic restoration.
As an integral component of this strategy, on Monday, June 11, 2018, the Government of Barbados tabled a new national budget in the country’s Parliament. This budget has as its primary aim the raising of additional revenues that will be directed to making the type of overall national improvements that will lead to creating the most satisfactory and functional society for Barbadians and visitors alike.
The Tourism and Hospitality sector, our lead economic earning industry has understandably been called upon to lead the charge of rebuilding the social and economic fortunes of the country. As such, the Government has advised that effective April 1, 2019, a mandatory update to the ‘Room Rate Levy’ will be applied nightly to all registered hotel bills in the following amounts, based on the rating/ranking attributed to them by the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA):
The total levy will be paid in resort by the guest upon departure in similar fashion as all resort fees are paid. Your accommodation partner will of course inform you of the category into which they have been placed by the BHTA and therefore the quantum of the levy that applies to their establishment.
Given the short period provided for the implementation of the new levy, in the spirit and action of full disclosure and transparency and also in an effort to ensure that our mutual guests are made aware, we ask that you notify all guests who will be travelling from July 1, 2018 or who will be in resort from that date, that this levy will take effect for the full duration of their stay. For those guests who are in resort before July 1, 2018, please notify them that the levy will be applied to the duration of their stay after that date.
Once notification has been forwarded to all guests already booked, information on this mandatory government levy and the manner in which it is proposed to be paid, will now become part of the information provided to guests at the time of booking. Any other details related to the amount to be paid and the method and manner of payment will be included in any information being forwarded to guests confirming their travel arrangements.
Payment of the levy will be on check out either in cash or by credit card.
Any further details will be provided as soon as they are received from the relevant Government authorities.
Thank you for your continued support of Barbados and for your assistance in facilitating the implementation of this initiative.
Hon. Kerrie Symmonds
Minister of Tourism & International Transport
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