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Energy surcharge could hurt tourism

Published:Wednesday | December 12, 2007 | 2:10 PM

The Association of British Travel Agents expressed concern about a new energy surcharge being imposed on visitors staying in hotels.

The Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), has announced that the surcharge of US$10 a night will take effect on December 15.

According to the Association of British Travel Agents, there are logistical and legal implications to the move.

Director of the Jamaica Tourist Board in the UK, Elizabeth Fox, said the surcharge is an initiative of the JHTA and not a government tax. She also said the government was not involved in the decision.