APNU calls on the Government to reduce the Travel Voucher tax by 10% in order to bring down the cost of airfares
Mr. Joseph Harmon, who oversees the transportation sector for the main opposition APNU has made the recommendation having regard to what he said, was the recent steep increase in the cost of airline tickets for travel to and from Guyana and the claim by Airlines that the increased fares are unavoidable.
In a letter to Transport Minister Robesonn Benn, Mr. Harmon has recommended that the Government travel voucher tax of 15%, which is a component of the ticket cost, be reduced by 10 % to help cushion the impact on the Guyanese travelling public.
It was only last week that the Prime Minister of Grenada Keith Mitchell, led the charge for Governments of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to do more to make travelling across the Caribbean more affordable.
Dr. Mitchell said that travelling across the region by air is too expensive and Caribbean Governments can do more by reviewing the taxes on travel tickets.
Mitchell said that if CARICOM cannot develop policies for the free movement of people, the goal of regional integration and convergence would be lost.
Transport Minister Robesonn Benn attended the Summit to represent Guyana in those negotiations on transportation.
Minister Benn has not immediately responded to the recommendation made by APNU.