Guests staying at St. Lucia hotels and resorts will be charged a head tax beginning Apr. 1, the St. Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA) announced last week.
The Accommodation Head Tax will be charged to guests age 16 and over at check-in, $3 per night per guest staying at a hotel with an average ADR below $120; and $6 per night per guest staying at a hotel with an average ADR above $120.
This fee will be applied to all non-sharing platform accommodation providers. The rate of value-added tax (VAT) on hotel accommodation providers will be lowered from 10% to 7%.
SLHTA said the move is “designed to ease the impact of the tax on existing contract arrangements.” The revenue will supplement financial resources for the Tourism Authority for the next financial year.