From the 1st July 2018, the newly elected Government have introduced a new room rate levy for Barbados.
David Kevan of Chic said:
“Unfortunate but inevitable if the island is to maintain the quality of infrastructure expected by our clients. Similar levies also apply in Dubai, Malaysia, Greece and I am sure other Caribbean islands will follow suit very soon.”
Kevan said “The misconception is that because hotel rates are on the high side, the islands are awash with money. The reality is that most islands are in debt and they have to make important decisions on how they use their limited budgets. (Frankly not a lot different to here in the UK). Many things need improvement, roads and basic infrastructure such as waste control. Without action, the situation will get worse. China or Taiwan are investors in the region, but if you look at the top beneficiaries of UK aid, the Caribbean does not appear in the top 50. We give aid to India, who has an ambitious space programme, but largely ignore the Caribbean region who are just about surviving.“