Bodrum, Turkey

The new tourist tax will come into force next April,

09-11-2019Reuters

UK and German tour operators at the London World Travel Market were taken aback by a Turkish government announcement that a tourist tax is to be brought in next year.

Similar to the Balearics tax, the rates will be determined by hotel star classification and will be charged per person per day; under-12s will be exempt. The highest rate, for five-star accommodation, will be eighteen Turkish lira, the equivalent of 2.8 euros. The Balearic rate for a five star, between May and October, is four euros; it is one euro between November and April.

For four star, the rate will be 12 lira, 1.9 euros; three star nine lira (1.4 euros) and two star six lira (0.8 euros).

The tax is scheduled to come into effect from April 2020. The Turkish government anticipates revenue of some 2,500 million lira (400 million euros). Most accommodation in Turkey is four or five star. Of 144 million overnight stays in 2018, 80 million were in five-star hotels and 36 million in four stars.

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Judy Neal / Hace 2 days

How short-sighted is this government? Having recently increased the e-visa charge by 75%, they now intend to slap nightly charges on people visiting this country. A simple one-off payment per person, per stay in any accommodation would be acceptable, but to make a nightly charge is just stupid. They will kill the goose which lays the golden egg, and visitor numbers, which have been on the rise, will fall.

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Yogi / Hace 2 days

Talk about shooting yourself in the foot!

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John Parkinson / Hace 5 days

Stupid is as Stupid does.

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Mark / Hace 5 days

Why you would put your family at risk and pay for the privilege is beyond me .

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Mandy / Hace 5 days

I think its shocking they have just put up E.visa and now this we pay enough now for our hoildays

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Bert / Hace 5 days

And of course it will be used, like in Mallorca, for environmental purposes, desalination plants and improving areas that have been affected by mass tourism.

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Joslin Aboudawood / Hace 5 days

I visited marmaris on 24 June 2019 and on 12 july 2019 it is the most amazing tour i had we spent an amazing vaction with amazing people who have been in the same place marmaris is a peace of heaven on earth every thing is beautiful all activities are great I hope to visit it again I spent my vacation in chicago hotel and the second in seray deluxe hotel both are good ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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