The state government will seek to tax cruise ships
At a meeting with the Los Cabos business community, the governor of Baja California Sur, Victor Manuel Castro Cosío, proposed taxing shipping lines docking at the state’s tourist ports. This initiative looks to raise additional money to help rebuild the state’s ports, particularly the one in Cabo San Lucas.
When asked whether it would be feasible to impose a tax on cruise ships that arrived in Baja California Sur, the governor said that this matter needed to be examined with the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP). For the time being, the state government stated that it had the full backing of both the Los Cabos Hotel Association and the Coordinating Council of Los Cabos to pursue such a case.
We have to see that with the Ministry of Finance, and with the hotel and business organizations. They stated today that they are going with us, and we are going to help them to collect, but first, we have to see it with the Ministry of Finance.
Regarding whether this new tax would affect the arrival of tourism to the state, mainly to Los Cabos, Castro Cosío responded that more than 95% of tourism arrives by air, which would not affect the significant number of tourists that arrive year after year to the different tourist destinations of Baja California Sur.