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New tourist tax will be introduced in Catalonia

Hotel tax in the largest city of Catalonia - Barcelona - will differ from other cities of the region
Crisis in Spain forces local authorities to find new ways of budget funding. Tourist demand in Catalonia allows following the beaten path and local authorities decided to improve the region’s financial situation at the expense of tourists.

From now on for staying in Catalonian hotels its guests will additionally pay new differentiated tax for each day. New tax will affect not only staying in hotels, but also health services. Anyone, who wants to get a recipe, will have to pay additional one euro.

The new prescription tax is planned to be introduced in Catalonia on 1 July 2012. As for the hotel tax, Catalonian authorities decided to introduce after the upcoming summer season on November 1, 2012.

Hotel tax will have several degrees. Thus, guests of local five-star hotels will have to pay the highest rate - 2.5 Euros per day. Clients of 4-star hotels in Catalonia will pay 1.25 Euros per day. For 3-star hotels new tax is 50 cents. The tax for cheap hotels in Barcelona, the main Catalonian tourist artifact, will be not 50, but 75 cents per day.

Today Catalonia is among the most visited regions of Spain, followed by the eternal rival Andalusia. So, summer 2011 was one of the most successful tourist seasons in the Catalonian history. From June to August the region was visited by over 5.2 million tourists. For hotels in Barcelona July 2011 was marked by the record percentage of occupancy in the entire history - 92%.

Ilya Kalachev

Photo: Michail Gnot

Date: 19/03/2012

Comments (1)



I think the writer means "prescription" tax. Recipes are instructions for making food.


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