7 May 2015

Further reaction to proposed tourist tax in Fiji

9:39 am on 7 May 2015

There has been further opposition expressed in Fiji to a proposed introduction of a service fee on foreign tourists.

Poolside view at the Sheraton in Fiji

Poolside view at the Sheraton in Fiji Photo: Fiji Government

An opposition MP, and former CEO of Tourism Fiji, Bill Govoka, proposed a five percent service fee on tourists, as a way to boost the wages of tourism industry workers.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Economic Affairs has been hearing a range of submissions on the proposal, with many major stakeholders criticising the proposed move.

Yesterday a National Manager from the Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority, Fazrul Rahman, told the committee the tourism industry is currently very volatile and any tax would have to be considered carefully.

Previous submitters to criticise the idea were the President of the Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association, Dixon Seeto and the CEO of Investment Fiji, Godo Muller-Teut.