Holidays in Spain: A popular destination wants to introduce a new tourist tax | Travel News | Travel
Malaga have also said they want to “explore” a tourist tax while Granada are in favor of a new tax.
The mayor of Seville, Antonio Muñoz, has launched a campaign to gain the support of all local political groups.
He said: “We have always defended the application of a tourist tax rate or instrument in Seville, but as a city council we have no power.”
He added that he was committed to following the model of other major European cities.
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The mayor said other towns have not seen a reduction in visitor numbers after the introduction of a tax.
However, he said the city would review and debate the matter before making a decision.
Implementing the levy could generate more than seven million euros a year (£5.9m) for the city of Seville.
City officials said the levy would cost around two euros (£1.69) per night for tourists.
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Cordoba, a popular destination on Spain’s Costa del Sol, said it would not consider introducing the tax.
He said the tourism sector was still recovering from the pandemic and the pressure of rising costs.
According to local Spanish media, Granada is considering the tax to make it a more competitive destination.
Cadiz is not in favor of the tax, but the city’s mayor has said the money could be used to improve the city’s infrastructure.
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In Italy, Venice has gone a step further by charging day trippers a fee to enter the famous city.
The fee will be in place in 2023 and will see cruise passengers and other daily visitors tasked with visiting Venice for the day.
Wales is also considering a tourist tax to help fund infrastructure and services in popular destinations.
Tourist taxes exist in many French and Italian cities and are often included in the price of a package holiday.
Additional reporting by Rita Sobot.