The Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) is in the process of applying new licensing fees for tourism stakeholders who were previously, not required to pay monies under the Ministry of Finance licensing regime.
Previously, only properties like guesthouses and hotels were required to pay a licensing fee.
There were no fees applied to apartments, cottages, villas and what is now referred to as tourism enterprises – taxi drivers, tour operators, water sports operators, tourist guides and car rental companies.
However, earlier this year, the Cabinet of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell approved a submission by the GTA Board of Directors whose Chairman is Richard Strachan, for fees to be applied to these tourism stakeholders to meet the requirements of the Grenada Tourism Authority Act (2013).
This is the Act that governs the operations of the Authority.
GTA’s Manager in the Quality Assurance Department, Alison Hall said the new licensing process, which commenced last August is still ongoing.
THE NEW TODAY has obtained a copy of the new fees to be applied to the affected tourism stakeholders.
The new fee structures are as follows:
– Apartments: EC$600 (provision was previously not made for these accommodations) Cottages: EC$600 (provision was previously not made for these accommodations)
– Villas: EC$1, 000 (provision was previously not made for these accommodations)
– Guest houses: EC$600 (fees remains as prescribed under the Ministry of Finance)
– Hotels: (20 bedrooms or less EC$1, 000), (21 bedrooms to 90 EC$1, 500), Over 90 bedrooms EC$2, 500) – (fees remain as prescribed under the Ministry of Finance)
– Vendors: EC$35.00 (was previously EC$26.00)
– Tour operators: EC$200
– Taxi drivers: EC$100
– Car rental operators: EC$300
– Water sports operators: EC$300
– Tourist guides: EC$100
The GTA Quality Assurance Department is responsible for the issuance of licenses to tourism stakeholders.
In an interview with THE NEW TODAY during an open day hosted by the GTA last week Friday at its Burns Point, St. George’s headquarters, Quality Assurance Officer, Deborah Tod explained how persons can attain a tourism license and become stakeholders of tourism.
“First one has to be in a zone, (whether it be) a licensed zone for vending or tourism enterprise and would have to meet certain requirements to be able to vend or operate…for example you would need to have a public liability insurance and (or) a personal accident insurance if one is involved in tours, a police record, character reference, health certificate,” and other credentials as required by the particular zone”, Tod explained.
Last week Friday’s open day, was held under the theme: “Three islands, one destination contributing to national development.”
The event allowed attendees to become more acquainted with the operations of the Authority, which is responsible for regulating the tourism sector and marketing and promoting the tri-island state of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique as a tourism destination.
It was held as part of Caribbean Tourism month, which is observed by the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) and its member countries every November.
During the month efforts are made to raise awareness among the people of the Caribbean on the importance of tourism in the region, as well as to raise the profile of Caribbean tourism in the marketplace and to attract positive media coverage for the Caribbean.