Experts have raised concern that the $10 fee on travelers leaving the country will harm the tourism industry.
The tax was originally announced in a report passed by Parliament’s Trade Committee.
According to some tourism experts, the research will have an impact on the industry, which is still recovering from Covid-19, by raising the cost of air travel.
However, according to Martin Mugarra, the state minister for Tourism, the tax is beneficial since it will assist collect income that will be utilized to improve the tourism industry.
A $47 tax is now charged on each airline ticket, with $40 going to CAA and $7 going to URA. A $10 rise brings the total cost of an airline ticket to $57.
The government claims that the $10 fee will not limit departures for trade and other activities because travel is unavoidable, and that the drop in departures is due solely to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Concerns have been raised about the cost of domestic tourism, which makes for a large portion of the departures for foreign tourists.
According to some tourism experts, now is the moment for the government to go back to the drawing board and reform taxes that are only targeted at the tourism industry but do not result in tangible benefits to the industry.