Hotel Industry In Dispute With Ngorongoro District Council Ahead Of Tourist Season

Ngorongoro District Council is in war with several hotels over Tsh2 billion in service levies, which is 0.3 percent of net turnover.

According to the council the levies are to be paid by the hotels by May 25. If any hotel fails to abide by the last date of paying, court action could be faced.

The council chairman Mathew Siloma said the court has reserved their order to be implemented following a suit filed by the Hotels Association of Tanzania.

Siloma added the council would be taking the hotel owners to the court if they refuse to settle the levies.

The hotels yet to pay the service levies are Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, Nomad Tanzania, Rhino Lodge, Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, Unique Safari, Ndutu Safari Lodge, A & K Tanzania Ltd and Leopard Tented Lodge of Ndutu, Sokwe Asilia and Masai Giraffe Eco Lodge.

According to Hotels Association of Tanzania chief executive Lathifa Sykes, they are exempted from paying the District Service Levy by the Finance Act of 2012 and hence they have filed an appeal against the ruling in the court.

Meanwhile, Tanzania Association of Tour operators have warned if the issue is not solved it would hit the multibillion-tourism industry.

The operators added if the threat of the council to shut down the hotels in the region, the entire northern tourism circuit will be hit in the upcoming high tourist season.

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