* Trump Tax Reform: Senator who axed Cruise Lines Tax was paid by CLIA and three Cruise Lines
* CLIA threatens Balearic Government
* CLIA claim of Passenger spending in Port vastly overblown
TRUMP TAX REFORM:
Because of a loophole in the U.S. tax code, the companies that rake in billions of dollars each year selling cruises pay no corporate income tax.
The Senate's new tax reform bill originally intended to change that fact. Major cruise lines would have been forced to pay taxes on a portion of their income, putting an extra $70 million in the national coffers each year. But shortly before it passed, Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan — one of dozen plus lawmakers to hold the bill hostage with their demands — succeeded in cutting the proposed tax from the final version.
The maneuver was no surprise to the cruise industry, which had artfully deployed lobbyists to haggle with Sullivan, a Republican elected to the Senate in 2014. And Sullivan had good reason to listen: In 2016, the three major cruise lines CARNIVAL, Royal Caribbean, NCL and CLIA; their trade group donated a combined $23,500 to keep him in office, making Sullivan the third-highest recipient of cruise industry dollars in the Senate last year. more...
The cruise industry has dodged a tax increase after Alaska's U.S. senators helped strike the provision from the tax bill that passed the Senate.
The bill approved early Saturday includes other provisions that Alaska Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan hailed as significant for Alaskans, including allowing oil and gas drilling on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. more...
CLIA threatens Balearic Government:
Cruise liners are threatening to shun Majorca and Ibiza unless the Balearic government changes its mind about charging passengers two euros a day to stay on the islands under the new tourist tax rules.
The association of cruise companies in Europe, the Cruise Lines International Association, says the new fee is undemocratic and could force companies to leave the islands out of its routes.
And it says that unless the Balearics rescinds the decision to slap the tourist tax on all cruise passengers for the first time next year, it might take the issue to court. The islands' government has already come under fire for doubling the so-called eco tax for all holidaymakers in the high season of 2018, meaning guests in luxury accommodation will pay a much as four euros a day.
Until now, cruise ship passengers have been exempt from the fee unless they were docked for more than 12 hours.
But from summer 2018, they will pay two euros a day regardless of the duration of the stay and the Balearic government says this move alone will generate revenue of about 1.8 million euros. more...
CLIA claim of Passenger spending in Port vastly overblown:
Economic study finds passengers spend 25% less in Saint John than industry group estimates. Buckland's observations line up with a new report on passenger spending in Atlantic Canada, done as part of a continuing study partly funded by Memorial University of Newfoundland.
According to its findings, some of the numbers touted by cruise ship associations might be off.
The Atlantic Canada Cruise Association's estimates for total direct spending by the cruise industry is $102.4 million.
That's about 25 per cent higher than the university study's estimate of $81.9 million. more...