Guatemala Eliminates Tax for Cruise Ships

The suspension of the tax was made official on Tuesday by Congressional act.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Representatives of the Guatemalan Association of Cruise Tourism and the Institute of Tourism saw the move as positive to improve their competitiveness with other destinations.

Leonel Azurdia of the Association of Cruise Tourism, told Prensalibre.com that "the suspension of the tax, which was formalized last Tuesday by a congressional, gives legal certainty to attract more ships."

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Guatemala: Cruise Ship Tax Under Study

May 2009

Cruise ships promise a 40% increase in visits to the country if an agreement is reached not to collect the $10 per visitor departure tax.

The $10 per visitor departure tax fee was scheduled for implementation in January 2009. However, due to pressure from cruise ship companies that Guatemala would be removed from the list of destinations, implementation had been postponed until May 1.

Tax to Cruise Ship Industry Could Be Sustained

March 2010

A discussion to impose a $10 levy to cruise ship tourists is back in Congress.

Back in November 2009, Legislative Decree 38-2009 suspended the collection of this tax, but President Álvaro Colom vetoed such decree.

More recently, the Constitutional Court (CC) ruled that it is not against the constitution to suspend collection of the tax. This has caused the discussion to go back to Congress.

Guatemala to Waive Cruise Ship Tax

May 2010

After meeting with the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association, the Government committed to eliminate a $10 tax charged to cruise ship passengers.

Roberto Alejos, President of the Congress, explained that on Thursday they will introduce an urgent process to suspend this tax.

Norwegian Cruise Line Drops Guatemala

April 2010

Cruise ship company Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), announced that it won’t include Guatemala in its upcoming season.

This implies the loss of 24.000 tourists next season (Oct/2010 – May/2011). Guillermo Novielli, sub director of the Guatemalan Tourism Institute, stated they will talk with the company to determine the cause of this decision.

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