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No Hotels Yet Prepared To Upgrade For VAT

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Emphasizing the tourism sector’s “strong opposition” to a July 1 value-added tax (VAT) implementation date, Frank Comito, executive vice president of the Bahamas Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA), said that no major hotels have yet felt prepared to begin investing in the technology and other upgrades they would need to implement the tax.

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Tax Policies Must Protect Tourism

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Stuart BoweFollow the dollar multiplier and it’s clear that ‘Tourism is everybody’s business’.  More than 50 cents out of each dollar in every Bahamian’s pocket came from a tourist.

Whether you are working at the front desk in a hotel, operating a hair salon in the city, selling cars in the community, a nurse at a Family Island public clinic, a linesman for BEC, an independent business owner, or a cashier in a grocery store; more than half of that dollar in your pocket came from a tourist.

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BHTA Welcomes New Senior VP & Treasurer

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Vaughn RobertsEarle Bethell

New Senior Vice President and Treasurer Approved at Recent BHTA Meeting

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BHTA Past President Berkley Evans Passes Away

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Berkley EvansOne of the Bahamian tourism trailblazers Berkley Evans has passed away.  Berkley was President of the then Bahamas Hotel Association in 1983. 

He was the first Bahamian-born President and also the first President from the Family Islands.  At the time he represented the Treasure Cay Resort on Abaco where he was General Manager.   Berkley was an avid supporter of BHTA’s annual golf tournament since its inception 14 years ago. 

We join in extending our condolences to his family.

 

Cruise Passenger Spending Grows 850 Percent

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Cruise arrivals to The Bahamas have grown by 76 percent between 2000 and 2012, according to data recently released, with overall revenue generated from cruise arrivals ballooning by over 850 percent to just under $400 million per annum over the same period.

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