More Countries Announce a Tax on Visitors

by Traveleads | March 15, 2019 | Latest News On The Ground

Depending on where you have travelled to recently you might already know that an increasing number of taxes are being levied on visitors.  In France the tax depends on the city you visit, the more popular the destination the higher the tax, which is why Paris and Lyon have higher tourist taxes. The French government claim this additional revenue is being used to boost the French infrastructure. Germany has introduced the so-called ‘culture-tax’ and a ‘hotel bed tax’ in some of its biggest cities. Italy has a similar system in place and taxes vary from 3 to 7 euros per night in Rome. To combat the effects of saturated tourism this is as high as 10 euros in Venice. Popular destinations in Spain including Barcelona have also introduced a similar system of visitor taxation, although interestingly there are no visitor taxes in its capital city Madrid (yet!)

It’s not just a trend affecting Europe, some states in the USA including California and Texas have introduced the ‘occupancy-tax’ collected at motels, inns, and hotels.  In Asia various countries have jumped on the taxation train including Japan who last year introduced their ‘Sayonara tax’ a tax of 9.25 USD charged to international visitors when they depart the country. The government claim the money will be used to support the development of infrastructure for the Olympic games in Tokyo next year.

All of these taxes pale in comparison to the eye watering sum of 200-250 USD per day the government of Bhutan has imposed on visitors. It’s claimed the measure will help protect the cultural heritage and natural resources of the country.

Other countries including Indonesia, Malaysia and many of the Caribbean islands have had similar taxation measures in place for quite some time. The latest addition to the list is New Zealand who will be implementing their tourist tax this year – obligating international visitors to pay almost 24 dollars on arrival.

For more information and help planning your next trip please contact your Traveleads consultant.

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