Tanzania: Zanzibar to Classify Motels


Unguja — Zanzibar will begin classifying resorts to allow implementation of the brand new modifications on infrastructure tax introduced on this fiscal 12 months.

The classification of resorts will assign resorts, primarily tourism, in response to their stars, to pave the way in which for the execution of the brand new modifications as per the State-Minister, President’s Workplace (Finance and Planning) Dr Saada Mkuya Salum whereas presenting the 2023/24 finances final month.

The Zanzibar Income Authority (ZRA) Commissioner Common Yusuf Juma Mwenda mentioned quickly the classification or grading train of the resorts will likely be prepared.

“After realizing which rank your resort belongs to, you should pay,” Mr Mwenda mentioned throughout a gathering right here with the hoteliers over the weekend to emphasise compliance with the brand new tax improve.

“Don’t evade or cheat because the modifications in infrastructure tax goals to assist creating infrastructures together with roads within the areas the place the resorts are situated,” the commissioner common defined.

In keeping with modifications which observe a evaluation of the Zanzibar Finance Act No 9 of 2015 establishing an infrastructure tax, a flat-rate of 5.0 US {dollars} will likely be charged for an individual who sleeps in a 5 and four-star resort.

Earlier than the modifications, a flat fee of 1 US greenback was charged per an individual who sleeps in any resort.

Below the brand new modifications 4 US {dollars} will likely be charged per an individual who sleeps in a 3 and two-star resort and two US {dollars} per one who sleeps in a one-star resort and others together with guests who sleep in renting flats.

The brand new charges took impact on July 01 however encountered complaints from hoteliers as most didn’t know which class or grade star they belong, prompting authorities to categorise earlier than making use of the brand new infrastructure tax fee.

In keeping with obtainable knowledge, a lot of the 706 resorts in Unguja and Pemba vary from one to two-star, whereas 5, 4 and three-stars are few.

Moreover, Mr Mwenda mentioned ZRA is working with the Tourism Fee and specialists to categorise and grade resorts and that the rating in response to their stars listing will likely be launched as quickly as attainable for all resorts in Zanzibar.

Earlier, the Chairperson of the Zanzibar Nationwide Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) Mr Ali Amour mentioned that the problem of infrastructure tax modifications is one thing that must be carried out in accordance with the legal guidelines.