On Tuesday January 26th, Mexican newspaper Novedades, Quintana Roo, reported that the tourism sector representatives in Chetumal issued a proposal to the Chamber of Delegates and the Servicio de Atención Tributaria (SAT) to remove the fee charged to Belizeans travelling by boat from San Pedro to Chetumal.
According to the report, the president of the Commission of Tourism and Environment of Chetumal, Jose Hadad Estefano, confirmed that a few days ago the members of the Committee of Tourism in Belize reached an agreement to make the request in order to lower or eliminate the tax.
On the route from San Pedro to Chetumal the SAT charges the boat 700 thousand pesos per day, previously it was only 25 thousand pesos per boat. Boats are also charged 360 pesos per passenger, while other cruises that have mass numbers of tourists on board are charged equally hence the Committee of Tourism believes that it is unfair that a small country like Belize whose boats carrying 60 people would be charged this amount.
Estefano also commented on the report that even though they will need to make amendments to the Federal Laws of the state, the members of the Tourism Committee seek an agreement with the SAT to eliminate or reduce this charge to Belizean passengers since they believe that this has led to a gradual decrease in visitors from Belize to Chetumal, since the statistics of the State Tourism Secretariat disclosed that in 2008 the flow of Belizeans in Chetumal was 800,000, while in 2014 there was talk of 500,000, and in 2015 this figure fell by 5 percent.
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