Vara: no more taxes. Vara: no more taxes.

Cancún hotels reject new $20 tourist tax

Tourism industry already pays excessive taxes, says veteran hotelier

Hotel owners in Quintana Roo have emphatically rejected a new US $20 tourist tax intended to fund tourism promotion and infrastructure.

Abelardo Vara Rivera of the Hotel Association of Cancún and Puerto Morelos declared that the state’s tourism industry cannot be exploited any further because it already pays taxes he described as excessive.

“The new tax is unacceptable . . . the government expects to solve all its problems through taxation, and that’s not okay,” Vara told the newspaper Milenio.

The tax, he continued, “is an unreasonable and unsustainable invention of the state Finance Secretariat . . . it cannot create a new tax that increases the obligations of the tourism industry, which the government of Carlos Joaquín González has accused of evading taxes.”

More taxes, Vara said, will not solve the state’s security and infrastructure problems. Hoteliers already pay 25% for use of the federal land-maritime zone (Zofemat), 12% on salaries, 10% to the municipality, an accommodation tax and federal taxes, he said. It all represents an unsustainable fiscal burden, he claimed.

” . . . It is absurd to create a new tax, much less with the argument that it’s for infrastructure investment and security expenses . . . .” said the veteran hotelier.

Vara believes the local government should counter the impact of the security situation with an efficient and precise promotion strategy, “before it’s too late.”

Source: Milenio (sp)

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