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Northern Marianas businesses slam new tourist tax

Northern Marianas businesses have slammed a proposed $15 tax on tourists from South Korea, Russia, Taiwan, China and Japan.

The Marianas Variety quotes tour operator Harry Blalock as saying, “this is another ridiculous bill written in a vacuum without industry input.”

The Bill, which is authored by House Floor Leader George N. Camacho, would also  impose a $1 surcharge on every customer of dive shops and marine concessionaires.

H.B. 17-75’s stated objective is to raise revenue for the Commonwealth Health Center to purchase, install, operate and maintain three hyperbaric chambers at CHC and the Tinian and Rota health centers.



About Samantha Magick

Journalist and editor


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