21 February, 2006
New Alcohol Tax likely
Summarised from the local newspapers. The Government says that it has yet to do decide whether to enforce a new levy on tobacco and alcohol or to enforce a new tax. Any new measures are expected to affect the growing youth tourism marked, directly affecting income for the backpacker segment. A segment of the Bill which raises the legal drinking age from 18 to 21 was described as an impractical piece of legislation that was a direct threat to the industry. The Fiji Visitors Bureau said that the passage of the bill into law would make it for young tourists to come to Fiji and be prohibited from drinking alcohol during their vacation.