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    Cabinet has approved amendments to the Duty Free Shopping Act, thereby allowing for the expansion of the duty free list and allowing incoming passengers to purchase items duty free.
    This was disclosed by Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett during his contribution to the 2010/11 Budget Debate, in the House of Representatives on April 14.
    He also informed that the sales tax has been reduced from 10.5 per cent to 6 per cent, while the Customs User Fee (CUF) and Environment Levy has also been removed.
    Mr. Bartlett stated that Cabinet has approved amendments to the Travel Agency Act, so as to improve the framework within which the industry operates, and ensure that they function in keeping with current international operating trends.
    “This was done after broad consultation with the Jamaica Association of Travel Agents (JATA). The Ministry will continue to monitor the operations of registered travel agencies under the current Travel Agency Act and will publish the list of registered and closed agencies,” Mr. Bartlett said.
    Meanwhile, the Tourism Minister noted that the Ministry is continuing dialogue within the sector to review the Tourist Board Act, so as to ensure that its input and recommendations are incorporated in the revised Act.
    “The revised Act, which will cover all the sub-sectors of the industry, is expected to be submitted to Cabinet for approval in the final quarter of the current financial year,” Mr. Bartlett said.

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