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Honduras: Chamber of Tourism Question Fee for Airport Use

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A secretive airport security contract is causing a stir amongst businesses and the Honduran Chamber of Tourism. “We are absolutely outraged and the tourism industry will react negatively,” stresses Marinakys Epaminondas, President of the Chamber of Tourism.

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Honduras: Entrepreneurs Question Fee for Airport Use

The business sector of Honduras on Monday questioned the additional charge of $ 17 for using the airports, which Congress passed in secret on December 14, to pay for improved security systems in the terminals.

“We hope that President Porfirio Lobo do exactly what he did when he saw that most people did not agree with charging $ 30 to each of travelers at airports,” said business leader Juan Ferrera.

At present, the output rate is U.S. $ 34.80 for Hondurans and foreigners U.S. $ 37.80 for December and Wolf vetoed an increase of U.S. $ 34 airport tax.

However, the Honduran Congress approved a contract with U.S. company Securiport to install control systems for passengers in 22 air and land customs of the country.

“When there is something that causes public impact should be discussed publicly, so upset that the government makes these secret negotiations,” said the president of the industrialists, Adolfo Facussé.

“We are absolutely outraged and the tourism industry will react negatively,” lamented Marinakys Epaminondas, President of the Chamber of Tourism.

The Interior Minister Africo Madrid, who signed the contract with Securiport, argued that “it is intended not to allow the entry of drug traffickers, terrorists, killers, kidnappers, money launderers, arms dealers who have used the country as a center of operations”.

The legislator Francisco Rivera argued that if “one of the transits Honduras international criminals sought here can not be detected with this system guarantees that a better control of airport security and customs of the country.”

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