You likely know Quintana Roo for sunny Cancun, the Mayan Ruins of Tulum, beautiful Riviera Maya and the beachy vibe of Isla Mujeres.
Here’s what we know about the Mexico Tourist Tax:
The State Secretary for Tourism (Marisol Vanegas) said that “a payment of 10 dollars to the international profile that we have will not make a dent” in the arrival of tourists, according to The Riviera Maya Times.
We can all agree that this has come about due to the loss of tourism in Mexico due to COVID-19 and the State Secretary of Tourism said it is due to the deficit that the state of Quintana Roo will have because of this.
But, this decision for the Mexico Tourist Tax did receive some opposition as hotels, travel agencies and tour operators think that travelers will seek out other destinations such as the Dominican Republic since they didn’t initiate a tourist tax and are looking at stimulating tourism instead.
The Riviera Maya Times went on to say that the National Air Transport Chamber (Canaero), which groups national and international airlines, cargo companies, air taxis, and service providers, and the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which represents 290 airlines worldwide, joined the protest, and the country manager of IATA Mexico asked that they reconsider the decision.
In the latest updated according to Mexico News Daily, tourists will be able to pay this new tax electronically when they book their trip, during their stay or when they exit the state via a new site called Visitax.
If you’re over 15 years of age, you will be required to pay this new tax, which will be enforced upon departure.
We understand that there will also be an option to pay in cash using terminals at the airports.
Mexico Daily News went on to say that this tax is to help fund more tourism development in the state.