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Barbados explains its aviation taxes amid warning about high fees in the Caribbean

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Barbados explains its aviation taxes amid warning about high fees in the Caribbean

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, CMC – Barbados Tourism Minister, Lisa Cummins, is expressing concern that 56 per cent of the cost of an airline ticket to Barbados is made up of taxes, even as she sought to explain the reason for the situation

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, CMC – Barbados Tourism Minister, Lisa Cummins, is expressing concern that 56 per cent of the cost of an airline ticket to Barbados is made up of taxes, even as she sought to explain the reason for the situation.

“But let us break down where fees and charges go to in-country because the things that we want and the things that we have to be able to provide him with a price tag,” she told a panel  discussing “Multi-Destination Tourism” as part of the Caribbean Aviation Day conference in the Cayman Islands on Wednesday.

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Cummins said that Barbados has an airport service charge that goes towards marketing the destination internationally.

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“That helps to support the airlines where we have incentive programmes and cooperative marketing programmes in the source markets.”

She said there is a terminal fee that supports the infrastructure of the aerodrome, noting that the country recently completed a multimillion dollar renovation of the runway at the Grantley Adams International Airport “because it needed to be up to international standards”.

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