Nicaragua Passes New Tourism Bill

Congress passed a new tourism bill, which, among other changes, increases some taxes paid by tourists.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

The price of the tourist card, for example, was increased from $5 to $10, and hotel rooms priced above $30 will pay an additional 2%.

“Flight tickets purchased outside the country will cost an additional $5, and motel services will be $0.5 more expensive”, reported

Additionally, the bill creates the Tourism Promotion Committee, intended to assist the Nicaraguan Tourism Institute in marketing the country, among others.

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Ramón Macías Luna, president of the tourism committee at Congress, explained that the project would increase to entry taxes, and levies on air tickets and hotels.

As of now, Nicaragua has the lowest tax burden on tourism activities in Central America, he added.

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