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Maginley Challenges IATA Figures

Maginley Challenges IATA FiguresAntigua St John's - Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister John Maginley has said the International Air Transportation Authority (IATA) is incorrect about the final total in taxes for passenger leaving and entering Antigua & Barbuda.

IATA wrote to the minister on February 27 about the new airport administration tax. IATA Assistant Director of Government & Infrastructure Affairs Cyriel Kronenburg labelled the move “excessive,” and warned that it could have negative ripple effects on the tourism economy.

The association also contended that the new fees would see both inbound and outgoing airport passengers paying up to US$75 after inclusion of the embarkation tax.


“The total given by IATA is factually incorrect, and the general comment that they made that Antigua is now higher than the rest of the region is clearly not correct,” the minister said. “I don't know where IATA is getting their information from but they certainly didn’t get it from the Ministry of Finance or the Ministry of Tourism.”

According to Maginley, Antigua & Barbuda’s total travel taxes are US$63.75, and are only higher than those in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

He provided a list of airport tax charges for several destinations across the Caribbean, which the Ministry of Finance helped him compile.

The figures put Anguilla at US$97.35, while Barbados is at US$82.12; Dominica is at US$71.50. In Grenada the total travel tax is US$76.65; St. Kitts and Nevis is US$105.50; St Lucia is US$97.00; St Maarten is US$94.25; St Vincent is US$62.45, and Trinidad and Tobago is US$69.75.

Maginley pointed out that the issue of Antigua raising taxes is in keeping with the upgrade to improved facilities.

“It is important that we have enough money to cover the things that we want to do," he said. "But it is certainly not at the extreme that IATA is expressing."


As for the comparison to Antigua’s introduction of a new travel tax and its open opposition to the UK’s decision to do the same, the minister noted that the UK and US governments are demanding better security, facilities, and overall standards from regional destinations.

“Where is that money going to come from?" Maginley asked. "We need more radar equipment, more security, and better baggage checks. They are making more requirements of us. The question is not that you don't raise. The question is how much, and is it discretionary.”

He contended that the Air Passenger Duty (APD) is, in itself, higher that Antigua’s overall travel tax of US$62.95.

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Arrogant

#8 The Antiguan » 2012-04-21 18:13

All I want to say is that when ever Min. John Maganley opens his mouth he sounds extremely arrogant . His image as a politician is poor ,always seems to be speaking down to people or pushing things down our throats . UPP please get him a good PRO and let him stop this know it all attitude . John humility does a very long way , arrogance destroys .
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Well done

#7 Crap journalism » 2012-03-26 10:57

Well done minister facts are real not the useless stories on here everyday
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Yes Sir, Mr. Minister. Heads You Win Tails They Lose!

#6 John French II » 2012-03-21 18:10

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock. Mr. Minister, no doubt about it, "The Beach Is The Beginning". On another level it all begins with Marketing. Unless you revert from Marketing as being Glitz and Glamour to Relationship Building, the Chaos, Dissonance and Negative Communications which have descended on you like the Proverbial Ton Of Bricks will destroy all of your Good Intentions.
This "mere voice in the wilderness" offer some very simple suggestions:
Be Guided by the Understanding that Marketing is Relationship Building, Rebuild your Relationship with IATA;
Honesty and Trust is critical to building a Shared Vision and Understanding.
Your Bureaucrats must always be benchmarking so that they will provide you with relevant data at a minutes notice. They need a Transformative Quality Approach to Management Practices.
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leave the structure as is but Reengineer & Redesign the systems, processes, technologies and skills for collection of the Tax
It can be a winner to GoAB - Cash Flow & Visitors and provide the pricing structure beneficial to Nationals, Seniors and Caricom Members. Be A Winner.
Heaven Help The Nation Of Antigua & Barbuda.
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Hypocrites still at large

#5 Lester Baldwin » 2012-03-21 13:06

You see how this man is just a born hypocrite. He says ... As for the comparison to Antigua’s introduction of a new travel tax and its open opposition to the UK’s decision to do the same, the minister noted that the UK and US governments are demanding better security, facilities, and overall standards from regional destinations. “Where is that money going to come from?" ...

So only his airport needs these things ... I guess that the UK and other airports don't need better security, facilities etc... You see the foolishness of that comes out of their mouth sometimes!!!
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@Tenman

#4 Dig It » 2012-03-21 12:51

Tenman, thanks for the break down! Perhaps Maginley can now respond to IATA that he changes his mind on the proposed $75 dollars in taxes on passengers by lowering it to now $63.75. I hope my friend, InteresteD, realize why his MP took all this long to get make a comment or even respond to IATA? Sometimes I wonder if the Joker thinks his brain is big enough to mislead the public! Good try John!
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R. S. Baptiste - your figures are wrong

#3 tenman » 2012-03-21 09:57

R. S. Baptiste your figures are wrong. St. Kitts taxes are currently lower than ours for non caricom travelers by 5 usd (St. Kitts & Nevis 47 usd vs ours 52.00 USD) and ours is lower than theirs by 2.00 USD for caricom travelers (St. Kitts & Nevis 47.00 USD vs ours 45.00 USD). This then means in total ours is currently higher than St. Kitts & Nevis when you factor in that we get more non caricom travelers and the amount of the difference . When you recognize that we are looking at increasing ours to 75.00 USD or 63.75 USD (If Maginley is to be believed), I am sure you recognize the difference will only get larger?
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word games & R. S. Baptiste

#2 tenman » 2012-03-21 09:48

What IATA stated was the introduction of the new tax will see us charging over 75.00 USD per person. The bill which can be found at www.Caribarena.com/antigua/component/attachments/download/173.html reflected the 75.00 usd both ways (round trip). This (75.00 USD) change is what they stated will make us too high. The minister then says no our eyes deceive us its actually 63.75 USD. I figure since its an act subject to debate that the government has decided to lower the fee from the proposed 75 usd to now 63.75. The minister should have simply stated that.

R. S. Baptiste looking at your example of St. Kitts, even with the increase in their departure tax (see www.thestkittsnevisobserver.com/2011/12/16/departure-tax.html), their tax is still lower than ours will be. The reason is they charge a 10.00 usd Passenger facility charge, and departure tax is 100 EC or 37 usd. R. S. Baptiste, we are therefore looking at about 47.00 usd for st. kitts (before sales tax) vs the 75 or 63.75 (before sales tax) being proposed for Antigua. Non caricom persons currently pay over 53 usd (28.00 dep tax and 25.00 PFC) on trips to and from Antigua
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RE: Maginley Challenges IATA Figures

#1 R. S. Baptiste » 2012-03-21 08:16

Base on my research, Mr. Maginley's figures are correct. St. Kitts and Nevis had the highest tax, they increased there’s taxes by 100% at the end of 2011. The US tax is about 15% of the ticket price.
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