The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Hotel and Tourism Association is urging the government to delay the implementation of the Climate Resilience Levy which goes into effect on June 1st.
President of the Association, Fitzroy Glasgow has written to the Ralph Gonsalves administration urging that the three US dollar tax be delayed, citing the potential negative impact on land-based visitor accommodation.
The government says the money generated by the levy would help the country respond more swiftly to climate change-related events and their impact on public infrastructure and the natural environment.
But in his letter, Glasgow asked the government to reconsider the tax or to delay its implementation until January next year.
Glasgow noted that during the budget consultation, tourism stakeholders had expressed concern about the implementation of the tax in the middle of the year "After our rooms rates have been published, rooms pre-booked and new deals negotiated with our partners in various marketplaces".