Aerial view of Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. (photo via iStock/Getty Images Plus/nantonov)
Here’s one way to help increase tourism and give air travelers a modest break on soaring airfares.
The Dominican Republic has eliminated its $10 ‘Tourist Card’ charge on airline tickets, according to a published report.
The island nation enacted the new rule in the beginning of the month, Jose Ernesto Marte, president of the Civil Aviation Board, said.
As the Dominican Republic became more and more of a vacation hotspot, the government authorized the use of the ‘Tourist Card’ in 1966 and added the small cost onto airline fares and cruise bookings. Airlines were advised last month to stop tacking on the tax charge effective on October 1 and were asked to eliminate the fee from their online reservation systems.
Airlines flying into and out of the Dominical Republic include
American Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Copa Airlines, Delta, Air Caraibes, Iberia, Air Century, Arajet, Red Air and Sky High Aviation Services.
“The elimination of the tourist card charge on airline tickets is an important step in the right direction considering that in the Caribbean, states charge an average of USD $70 in taxes and fees, which always arouses criticism from airlines and organizations such as IATA,” the newspaper noted.