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Fiscal Reform Results In Environmental Levy

tram arubaThe current government, as part of its policy, is undertaking many projects to enhance the experience of our visitors. These projects include the Linear Park, the streetcar to improve the movement downtown, the renovation of Oranjestad, the renovation of all the “barrios” (neighborhoods) in Aruba, projects to improve cleanliness of the island and much more. In total there are over 50 different projects aimed at raising the quality of life for our guests and residents alike.

In 2010, the government abolished half of the Turn over Tax (from 3% to 1.5%) to improve the buying power of both visitors and residents. However, to be able to finance and implement projects to protect the environment, the government has reached a new fiscal reform in agreement with the business community and the unions. Part of the reform will impact the tourism community as well. For the hotel and timeshare sector, the government will introduce an environmental levy as per August 1, 2013 with a fixed fee as follows:

  • $10 per Studio
  • $15 per one bedroom
  • $25 per two (or more) bedrooms

For timeshare customers, in addition to the current room taxes and energy surcharge this levy is a one-time fee for continuous usage during your owned interval.  As such, if you own for consecutive weeks, you would be charged only once during your visit. If you own four non-consecutive weeks, you will be charged for each stay. Similarly, owners transferring from one resort to another will be charged for a new stay. Hotel or transient guests are charged $3 per day. Timeshare customers renting additional days before or after their interval stay will be subjected to the daily fee in addition to their fixed fee.


Comment

  1. Donna Schrimpe
    July 21, 2013 at 6:58 pm Reply

    i will be at La Quinta in Setember. i am staying for 2 weeks. one week is a 2 bedroom and the second week is a one bedroom. what will be my environmental levy for my total stay?

  2. Ursell Arends
    July 30, 2013 at 11:49 am Reply

    Dear Donna, upon check-in we will have to charge you the environmental levy. Your environmental levy will be $25 for your total stay. Looking forward to see you soon at your “Home away from Home.”

  3. Judy Harvell
    August 3, 2013 at 1:25 pm Reply

    Ursell…Last year you mentioned a timeshare tax that we would pay and it would go toward beautification of the island including the Linear Park and other improvements. Is this Environmental Levy in addtion to the Timeshare Tax?

  4. Susan Wamsher
    October 13, 2013 at 7:08 am Reply

    Hello, It is time for me to know the amount of Maintenance fees for 2014. I need the amount for a 2 bedroom and a 1 bedroom (phase 1)

    Also what would be the total amount of extra fees. taxes etc. for a 1 and 2 bedroom.

    Thank you in advance for this information

    Susan

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