Killing the goose that lays the golden egg

The rise in departure tax from $150 to $200 could well backfire badly on the regime. A thirty percent increase in the total cost of an airfare must have an impact on demand. It’s just one of the laws of economics that Bainimarama and Khaiyum know nothing about. And fewer tourists will mean reduced hotel turnover tax, VAT etc. The only thing we can be sure of is that the regime didn’t ask anyone in the tourist industry whether this would have an impact on the industry which is our life-blood following the destruction of the sugar industry.

Fiji Times November 09, 2013 Departure tax to rise
http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=250707

3 Responses to “Killing the goose that lays the golden egg”

  1. Craig, Nelson NZ. Says:

    I was planning to take my family and group of friends to Fiji next winter but 15 of us cannot afford the high proposed Departure tax.

    Local alternative will be a more affordable option

  2. Paisa Says:

    Craig you are a moron! Imagine what a good opportunity you missed in Fiji. Thousands come to Fiji and enjoy the peaceful and crime-free environment that our government has created.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Paisa, you are a moron, not Craig. Fiji does not even have half of tourists Bali enjoys. With this 1000% increase from $20 to $200 in the last 3 years, a lot of potential tourists will go elsewhere. And you mention crime free. What stupidity. A new and bigger remand center was opened recently to cater for the increasing number of criminals in Fiji. So Fiji, in its current police state is dangerous for tourists.

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