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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Liz / Hace about 1 month

I have been going to Turkey twice three times a year for the past 20 years. I love the people and have made many friends. My children have been going for quite few years to and my oldest son is going for the firsy time this year. he has now to pay tourist tax for his wife and one child the other two are under 12. I agree that the government has not thought this through. The amount of people going to Turkey has declinde over the past few years although it was picking up last year until Thomas cook went bust. The price of flights have gone up, now visa and now tourist tax. Not everyone can afford to pay this amount. I had already booked my holidays for this year not knowing anything else was going up. Has the government not looked at why the Balearics are now thinking of scraping this tax as the amount of people going has dropped a lot. Does the government not want tourist to visit? This is what I have heard people saying "Be better going to spain" "Low flight time, fares, no visa, and no tourist tax". Wake up Turkish government and see what you are doing.

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Judy Neal / Hace 3 months

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 3 months

Talk about shooting yourself in the foot!

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John Parkinson / Hace 3 months

Stupid is as Stupid does.

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Mark / Hace 3 months

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

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Mandy / Hace 3 months

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 3 months

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 4 months

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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