1 Dec 2005

Fiji puts hold on introduction of new bed tax

12:55 pm on 1 December 2005

The Fiji government has bowed to pressure from the tourism industry and delayed the introduction of a new five per cent bed tax.

In his budget address last month, the finance minister Ratu Jone Kubuabola, said the tax would come into force from January.

But the tourism industry protested strongly, saying holiday packages for the first few months of the new year had already been sold.

Fiji TV reports that implementation of the tax has now been delayed for four months.

Tourism officials say this will give the industry time to become compliant and inform their overseas wholesalers.