Tourist taxes are spreading across Spain. The Balearics has no intention of lifting it, despite suggestions that for this year at least, it may help the tourist industry recover from the pandemic and now Valencia is going to introduce one next year and it will apply to cruise passengers as well. Barcelona’s tourist tax already applies to cruise passengers and the regional government in Valencia this week gave the green light to a tourist tax. The news will come as a blow to many as the cost of living continues to rise and holidays become more about budgeting and less about splashing out.
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Obviously, with tourism at the bottom of the abyss, scrapping tourist tax is the only way out of it. Fortunately, it's had no measurable impact on tourism, and the "recovery" has already been. A bit too late for the scrapping argument, I suspect.
It's a bit of a non story as there are tourist taxes or city taxes all over Europe now. And at least the money is spent locally and benefits the local population unlike the hotel's price hikes which just end up in shareholder's pockets or invested elsewhere.