St Lucia to introduce a tourist fee on April 1

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Holidaymakers will have to pay an overnight charge

The Caribbean island of St Lucia is to follow other popular tourist destinations in introducing an overnight charge for tourists.

From April 1, overnight visitors will have to pay up to US$6 per person per night to stay on the island.

The money raised will be used to promote St Lucia in overseas destinations, including the U.K.

Guests staying in accommodation that charges less than $120 a night will have to pay only $3 per person per night. Airbnb and other self-catering guests will pay 7% of their overall accommodation fee.

The fee will add up to $336 (about £255) to the cost of a two-week holiday for a family of four.

The cash will be collected by hotels, guest houses and villa and apartment owners and passed on to the St Lucia’s tourist authority.

Many other countries in the Caribbean, including Jamaica, Barbados, Belize Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, already charge a tourist fee.

St Lucia said its fee, which is similar to the Maldives, would be among the lowest in the Caribbean.

 

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