A CEO joins leading hotelier in call for accountability from the ABTA

Another official has joined the call for transparency and accountability from the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority.

Chief Executive Officer of the Global Organisation of Parliamentarians against corruption and transparency Akaash Maharaj says the highest financial accountability should be exercised by the Tourism authority specifically because it is the main market within the country.

Maharaj said that ultimately all publicly fund bodies have a responsibility to give an account to the people regardless of the scrutiny that may be involved.

Last Week Chairman of the Elite Island Resorts Rob Barrett called for more accountability from the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA) or risks the withdrawal of the tourism tax.

He said that should there be no statements forthcoming on the activities and accounting of the ABTA, that he would begin to redirect the 2 percent tax currently being paid to the Tourism Authority Marketing Fund by his hotels into the Consolidated Fund.

However Prime Minister the Hon Gaston Browne in responding to the call said that the matter will be discussed and he is confident that a new reporting mechanism will be put in place.

News Reporter

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