Part of the current Government’s Program policy is to undertake many projects to enhance the experience of visitors to our island – which includes loyal timeshare owners. These projects include the Linear Park, the Street Car (Trolley) to improve the movement in downtown, the renovation of Oranjestad, the renovation of all the 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 residents and guests alike.
In 2010 the Government reduced half of the Turn Over Tax (BBO) 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 and after months of various discussions, brainstorming and negotiations, the Government has reached an agreement with the business community and the unions.
Parts of the reform will impact the tourism community and as such, for the timeshare sector, the Government has introduced an environment levy which will go into effect on March 1st 2013 with a fixed fee as follows:
• Studios will be charged $10 per stay
• One Bedroom units will be charged $15 per stay
• Two Bedroom units will be charged $25 per stay
The above fee is regardless of the amount of nights, weeks or months a guest/member stasy at the Resort and this is in addition to the existing Governmental taxation.
In addition to the above, the following have also been agreed on:
• The introduction of an environmental levy on car rentals of US$ 1 per day per car as of March 1, 2013, while adequate inspection of rental companies will take place; the levy on tours will take effect as of November 1, 2013; the definition of “tours” will be determined in agreement with the sector;
• The introduction of an environmental levy of US$3 per occupied room per night for regular (transient) hotels, also to be introduced on March 1, 2013 which will be evaluated in September 2013;