The Minister of Tourism, Tabaré Viera, highlighted that Uruguay's strengths in infrastructure and quality of services allow an attractive and competitive tourist offer with the region. He also informed the authorities that the launch of the 2023-2024 season of the Ministry will take place in the department
The launch took place at El Rivero beach in the Punta del Diablo resort, with the presence of the National Director of Tourism, Roque Baudean; the mayor Alejo Umpiérrez; the departmental director of Tourism, Federico Zerbino, and the president of the Rochense Chamber of Tourism, Delvair Amarilla, among other national and departmental authorities.
In his speech, Viera maintained that a very good summer season is expected, according to the first information communicated to him by the cameras, the tour operators and the data on reservations made to date. In addition, he stressed that it will be the first season after the pandemic without any type of restrictions, for which he expects a greater entry of foreign tourists.
He added that the state portfolio works on the diversification and seasonal adjustment of the offer and that during the year the country was promoted in fairs, business rounds and international workshops.
He also reviewed the current tax benefits for non-resident tourists, such as zero value added tax (VAT) in hotels, accommodation, gastronomic services and vehicle rentals without a driver, refund of 10.5% of the price of real estate rental, discount of 30 % in fuel (gas) for payment by credit or debit card, and tax free regime.
He added that in these days the law that enables VAT exemption in hotels for Uruguayan residents will be promulgated until February 28, 2023, in order to promote internal tourism.
The hierarch consulted by the press recalled another of the benefits for foreign tourists, the Tourist Pass, a mechanism that allows those who arrive in Uruguay to register the data of their vehicle in their countries of origin and then travel through the national tolls without delay and with a benefit in value.
The initiative includes the reading of the visitor's license plate through the device known as TAG and the payment of tolls through collection networks throughout the country.