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Dec 20, 2018

Failure to Pay Hotel Tax – Golden Tree is Shut Down Indefinitely

Golden Tree Hotel on Coney Drive, a popular getaway in Belize City, has been shut down by the Belize Tourism Board.  Officials from B.T.B., accompanied by officers from the police department, visited the location earlier and proceeded to halt its operations.  The closure of the business comes after its proprietors recently invested substantially in expanding the building.  While the number of guests and occupancy of its rooms may have increased with the new addition, the owners of the establishment were significantly behind on paying their hotel tax, a figure which has reportedly ballooned over time.  Despite efforts to bring the outstanding balance up to date, Golden Tree was still not in compliance with a section of the Hotel and Tourists Accommodation Act which stipulates that failure to pay their taxes can result in closure.  That figure has not been made public, but News Five understands that it is a significant sum of money that B.T.B. has been trying to collect over an extended period.  When we contacted the organization earlier today, its public relations department responded with an email stating, “as it relates to your enquiry, please note the B.T.B. confirms the closure of this hotel and wishes to inform that due process was given to ensure that this entity prescribed to the rule of law.” Golden Tree will remain shuttered until it is able to clear its debt.


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2 Responses for “Failure to Pay Hotel Tax – Golden Tree is Shut Down Indefinitely”

  1. Ex Hotelier says:

    The Belize Tourism Board is a vindictive organisation that secretly hates all foreigners and tourists coming to the $h!t hole called Belize. If you are a foreigner who own a tourism establishment they will be constantly attacking you and trying to close you down. Worry Golden Tree, they don’t like you and will make you life a living hell.
    Sell and get out of Belize.

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