Holidaymakers visiting St Lucia will face an accommodation tax from December 1, which could mean a family of four could end up paying up to US$18 extra per night for their stay.
Holidaymakers paying a room rate of US$120 or more will be charged $6 per person per night, with children aged between 12 and 17 paying $3.
The rate will be halved for rooms costing less than US$120 per night.
There will be no charge for children under 12.
The St Lucia Tourism Authority said: “The Tourism Levy will strengthen the ability for Saint Lucia as a tourism destination to increase its marketing and to support tourism development in Saint Lucia with a tax that correlates to visitor arrivals.
“In addition, several Caribbean countries such Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines have implemented similar levies on accommodation for visitors.”