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Prime Minister Announces 7.5% VAT Rate

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Effective Date January 1, 2015
·         Lower Rate Welcome and Extends to Lowering of Room Tax
·         BHTA Following Up on Outstanding Issues Impacting Competitiveness
·         Draft Legislation to be Released in Coming Weeks


Prime Minister Christie announced yesterday in his annual budget communication that Government will introduce Value Added Tax at 7.5%, down from the 15% originally proposed.  The 10 percent hotel room tax, which will convert to a VAT, will be reduced to 7.5% as well.  The legislation will come into effect on January 1, 2015.  The draft legislation will be shared with BHTA members for feedback.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 10:55 Read more...
 

Ten Years Of Data Shows Rising Visitor Satisfaction

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Ten years’ worth of data released for the first time this month by The Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association shows that the extent to which visitors have found their vacation experiences in The Bahamas to have exceeded their expectations fell slightly in the mid-2000s, only to rise after 2009.

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A Successful Sporting Event For The Bahamas

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Thousands of Bahamians came out to the inaugural International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Relays on Saturday and Sunday at Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium. The event was well organized and a pleasure to watch from the crowded stands.

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Former Minister: Government Shouldn’t ‘Delegate’ Tax Decision

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A former minister of state for finance has argued that the government must not “delegate to interest groups” the decision it must quickly make on tax reform for the country.

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Thank You and Update Re: National Culinary Team

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Taste of the CaribbeanWe would like to offer our sincere thanks for your continued support of our National Culinary Team, as they continue to prepare to compete at Taste of the Caribbean in Miami at the end of June

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By way of an update, The Team has been working diligently; perfecting their culinary, cocktail and ice sculpture creations. This has manifested into the most delicious creations, those of us who have had the privilege of sampling, have ever tasted. Their work truly exemplifies the incredible talent we have in The Bahamas.

Mentoring
The National Team has also made an outreach to the Junior Chefs who are currently studying at the College of The Bahamas’, Culinary & Hospitality Management Institute. The Chefs have recently conducted a number of mentoring sessions with the students.

This process has been embraced by the students and team members alike as the junior chefs have been able to work side by side with the elite chefs. The young chefs endeavor to learn from the National Culinary Team, connect with them and truly see first-hand what the future holds if they aspire to achieve the same level of excellence.

Last Updated on Monday, 26 May 2014 07:27 Read more...
 


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