The Seychelles tourism environmental sustainability levy will into drive on August 1 as per the construction introduced by the Ministry of Finance, Nationwide Planning and Commerce in July, the Ministry mentioned on Thursday.
The rules governing the levy shall be gazetted on Friday, July 28, and the ministry mentioned that it will likely be charged on a three-tiered foundation.
“Small tourism lodging of 1-24 rooms shall be required to cost guests SCR25 ($2) per individual per evening, medium tourism lodging of 25-50 rooms – SCR75 ($6) per individual per evening, and huge tourism lodging of 51 rooms and above, yachts and island resorts – SCR 100($8) per individual per evening,” it added.
Island resorts relate to institutions based mostly on any island apart from Mahe, Praslin, La Digue, the three most populated islands and Cerf Island as outlined within the Tourism Growth Act 2019.
Institutions will cost and gather this levy from the guests.
“The Levy is to not be integrated within the institutions’ costs. As a substitute, they’re required to incorporate it on the customer’s bill because the Tourism Environmental Sustainability Levy. The institutions will then be required to remit these funds to Seychelles Income Fee (SRC) on a month-to-month foundation,” mentioned the Ministry.
In line with the press launch, the levy quantity shall not be thought of as a part of the turnover of a enterprise for the aim of figuring out enterprise tax, value-added tax (VAT), lodging turnover tax, or tourism advertising tax (TMT).
The levy shouldn’t be relevant to Seychellois residents and residents of Seychelles, youngsters of 12 years and beneath, and crew members of airways and yachts.
The announcement comes 4 days after Seychelles’ finance authorities mentioned it’s going to undertake additional discussions with the Cupboard of Ministers on the setting levy amid considerations of tourism institutions on the proposed assortment methodology.
Within the assembly on Monday on the Seychelles Buying and selling Firm (STC) convention room, representatives from the tourism business spoke about their reservations about how the levy could be collected.
Different considerations raised had been the truth that the institution house owners must pay the extra three % incurred from banks following bank card funds from their purchasers.
Proceeds from the levy would add to the nation’s efforts to boost, rehabilitate and shield its pure setting.
The levy was first introduced in the course of the 2023 funds speech, delivered by the Minister for Finance, Nationwide Planning and Commerce, Naadir Hassan, within the Nationwide Meeting on November 4 final 12 months.
Following the funds deal with, three separate consultative conferences had been held with tourism stakeholders, one on Mahe on January 30, Praslin on February 3 and La Digue on February 4.
These had been adopted by additional conferences with the Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Affiliation (SHTA).