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 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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Florida Caribbean Cruise Association to Visit Honduras

February 2012

The Florida Caribbean Cruise Representatives Association (FCCA) wants to personally see sites that may be suitable for installing luxury cruise terminals in the future.

A high level delegation from the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) will visit Honduras next week to learn about different locations in the Honduran Caribbean that could become luxury cruise terminals, revealed the Ministry of Tourism.

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: 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.

Guatemala suspends visitor tax

January 2009

The $10 departure tax for visitors, which became effective yesterday, was postponed until May 1. reports: "Executives from the cruise ship industry and officials met yesterday in the country to reach an agreement regarding the controversial charge, which was suspended until next May or until an agreement is reached.

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