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Hoteliers in American Samoa say new tax will put the squeeze on tourism | Pacific Beat

Hoteliers in American Samoa say new tax will put the squeeze on tourism

Hoteliers in American Samoa say new tax will put the squeeze on tourism

Updated 29 April 2015, 11:17 AEST

The tourism industry in American Samoa is still in its infancy but local hoteliers are concerned that their growth will be stunted by the government's decision to introduce a new tax.

From June, anyone booking a hotel room in the US territory will have to pay a five per cent levy.

Meanwhile the government has been told if they want air services to resume to some of American Samoa's outer islands, they'll have to to subsidise those flights.

But Monica Miller in Pago Pago says right now it's the hotel tax that's the biggest bone of contention.

Presenter: Richard Ewart

Speaker: Monica Miller, Pago Pago journalist

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