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Old 07-21-2017   #1 (permalink)
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new tax grab of 20 dollars to foreign tourists

CANCÚN, MX.- Through a pilot plan to start in Quintana Roo, it is intended to implement the collection of a new tax of 20 dollars to foreign tourists for the use of tourist infrastructure.
With tax, beach recovery would be paid
This tax is intended to finance the recovery of beaches and provide greater security to the industry without chimneys.
The Secretary of Tourism in the Entity, Marisol Vanegas Pérez, confirmed the tax during the official event of the start of the summer holiday season.
A Security, Social Development and Integral Coastal Zone Management Trust will execute the collection and will be integrated by three government orders, the academic sector, the private sector and civil society. It will be chaired by the State Government.
For its part, the coordinator of the Cabinet of the State Government Rocío Moreno Mendoza said that this tax burden arose within the National Business Tourism Council, CNET, and was taken over by the Federal Tourism Secretariat.
This last instance proposes that the Mexican Caribbean be the first place where the tax is charged to measure its feasibility and to be able to replicate it at the national level.
Initially, the initiative was to finance security strategies in the main tourist destinations in the country, but Quintana Roo proposed the inclusion of integrated coastal management.
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Only the recovery of beaches and their maintenance would cost 2 billion pesos, said state Environment Secretary Alfredo Arellano. This appeal would be added to the collection made by the ZOFE
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Mexico should clean up the Sargassum for free.
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Mexico should clean up the Sargassum for free.
Yesterday, there was too much by the main ferry terminal to clean up.
They had better use that $20 tax to figure out IF anything can be done with or about the sargasso.

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Yesterday, there was too much by the main ferry terminal to clean up.
The y had better use that $20 tax to figure out IF anything can be done with or about the sargasso.
Right. And of course without the chimneys, how are they gonna safely burn it?
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$20 and this goin on Playa is going down



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A cabin in the woods with a waterfall near Playa???
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A cabin in the woods with a waterfall near Playa???
Based on some of the shots they always seem to put in TV shows set in the area, I think that cabin must be in the mountains that rise up just behind the beaches.
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there is 2% lodging tax on hotels and now another $20 Playa the cash cow
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there is 2% lodging tax on hotels and now another $20 Playa the cash cow
Lodging tax is currently 3% in Mexico, having gone up from the previous 2% many years ago.

Sales tax (IVA) is currently 16%, though it was for many years "discounted" by 5% in this region, as a nod to tourism. (Only 11% was charged here rather than 16%, and when the national level was 15%, only 10% was charged here, and so on.)

Not sure what distinguishes "tax" from "tax grab"...
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punta cana has been charging a 10.00 tourist card fee for years
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punta cana has been charging a 10.00 tourist card fee for years
So one money grab makes the other more palatable?
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Pay your taxes, hope something worthwhile is done with the money
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What constitutes a "grab"?

That word keeps being used but it does not appear that anyone has defined the difference between such a "grab" and the simple implementation of a fee or tax for something.

While we're at it, what's the opposite of a "grab"? Because the region gave back I can't imagine how much in tax credits to everybody in it, foreign visitors included, for many, many years (as I mentioned above). So just curious what that was, if charging taxes is a "grab"?
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Not sure $20 is going to be the deciding factor as to whether to vacation here or not. Kind of doubt it. If the money truly goes to improve the tourist infrastructure,....cool.
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Not sure $20 is going to be the deciding factor as to whether to vacation here or not. Kind of doubt it. If the money truly goes to improve the tourist infrastructure,....cool.
Some may recall years ago when the US decided to require passports for re-entry from Mexico. That was of course 100 bucks a person, pretty much (even if later re-usable), and yet it doesn't seem to have had much of any lasting effect on the tide of Americans visiting the area...

(Did that constitute a "grab"? )
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