The Cancun Hotel Association is asking the state government of Quintana Roo to delay the new tourist tax until January, 2022. Beginning April 1, international visitors to the state of Quintana Roo which includes Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, Cozumel and Tulum will begin paying a new tourist tax. State officials have said the new fee proposed by Governor Carlos Joaquín González and approved by the state Congress last year, will generate 600 million pesos (US $29.1 million) in 2021.
Roberto Cintrón Gómez, President of the Cancun Puerto Morelos and Isla Mujeres Hotel Association, stated that “from the outset, if the intention is to charge it as of April 1, I believe that an information campaign should have been carried out earlier to give proper information to airlines, tour operators and the main tourist markets by the Secretary of Tourism,” reported Noticaribe.
There is still confusion over how the new tax will be collected. It was originally reported that the new tax would be collected online or at airports directly from tourists but the Hotel Association claims that direction has not been clear from the Quintana Roo government and that the news tourist fee will be a surprise for tourists.
The new tax will require every foreign arrival to pay 224 pesos (USD $11) which will help fund more tourism industry development in the state. It is expected to generate 600 million pesos (US $29.1 million) in 2021.
Tourists will be able to pay the new tax electronically when they book a trip, during their stay or upon exiting the state via a new website called Visitax which will launch before the end of the month.
New terminals will also be set up at the airport to make it easy for visitors to make payments. The tax applies to all international visitors over the age of 15.
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