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Licence levy must be fair

Repeka Nasiko
Friday, June 13, 2014

LIQUOR licences levied to hotel operators must be fair and in accordance to the volume of the business, says Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association president Dixon Seeto.

Mr Seeto said smaller operators were still being charged the same amount of fees with much larger operators.

The issue of liquor licences is still to be resolved," he said.

"We have made a submission to government mainly to do with liquor licence fees.

"The level of the fees is to be geared to the level of business that these establishments get from that trade and of course their ability to pay because it is also unfair if we had a small hotel paying the same licence fee as a major hotel that does much more business and their ability to pay is much greater.

"And also with their volume, they should be levied a higher fee."

Mr Seeto said this could be a reason some operators chose not to acquire a liquor licence.

"If you make the fees exorbitant, many of the smaller operators may not go for that licence and they, unfortunately, will bootleg and that is not what we want."

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