Costa Maya Against Mexico's Proposed Per-Passenger Cruise Tariff

Costa Maya’s president Teofilo Hamui announced today that Costa Maya’s port does not support the approval of the per-passenger cruise tax proposed by Mexico’s Federal Government. Hamui reaffirmed his position to dispel rumors circulating from last week’s Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Conference and Trade Show, held in Cozumel, Mexico.

According to Hamui, the proposed taxation is still in discussion and has not been approved in any way by the necessary branches of Mexico’s Federal Government. The potential measure calls for the implementation of a per-passenger cruise tariff or head tax.

“We do not support the measure in question and are currently not involved in the tax discussion,” said Mr. Hamui. “Costa Maya is committed to continue serving the cruising industry with an innovative and rewarding experience for cruise passengers. Our main focus right now is rebuilding and raising the standards we previously set for ourselves.”

In August 2007, the Costa Maya region and its port facilities were hit by category five, Hurricane Dean. The rehabilitation and improvement of Costa Maya’s port and Mahahual, the beachside town that surrounds Costa Maya, is currently underway. Costa Maya is planning a speedy recovery and intends to have cruise ships calling back to the port as early as mid-2008.

Located on the southern Yucatan Peninsula near the border of Belize, Costa Maya is one of Mexico’s newest and fastest-growing destinations and cruise ports. To learn more about Costa Maya, its unmatched beauty and various excursions, please visit

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