Moment of truth in Costa Blanca

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REVENUE raised from fining landlords who rent out their properties illegally should be used to plug any holes in local government finance according to hotel bosses on the Costa Blanca, who have come out in force against the notion of a tourist tax. 

The advent of a tax now appears extremely unlikely following the unprecedented show of strength against even the whisper of such a proposal, which is in the preliminary stages of investigation by financial experts. 

The most powerful figures of the Costa Blanca hotelier community were united in condemning the prospect of taxing hotel accommodation from 2017 as enormously far-fetched. 

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Nuria Montes, from Hosbec, said it was “unfair, arbitrary and would damage us greatly because it demonstrates a profound ignorance of the sector. Right now we are already selling stocks for the winter of 2017, so how can the tax be applied?”

Cristina Rodes, president of the Provincial Association of Hotels, said the government should focus more on fining illegal property rentals to raise funds “rather than punishing the self-regulated industry.”

Jose Maria Caballe, president of Servigroup, the largest hotel chain in the community however, was more understanding stating: “I am against rates but I understand that the government needs revenue.”

The controversy pits two of the year’s largest developments to affect expatriates against one another as regional governments across Spain battle to raise more income without upsetting voters. 

Unregistered tourist rentals in Barcelona are being prosecuted, while a crackdown on the practice will be in place across Andalucia from May. Meanwhile an ‘eco tax’ aimed at tourists will hit Mallorca this summer. 

Given the early outrage over the mere mention of a tourist tax in the Costa Blanca, the smart money would be on our region moving towards harsher penalties for unlicensed rentals in order to both protect and appease the hotel lobby. 

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  1. Reduce civil servants pay, lower social security payments, lower pension payments, reduce civil servants and MP’s pensions then get the people of the country into employment from lower costs to businesses, this way the government can reduce what it pays out, generates more foreign investment here, creates more work thus putting more money into the economy and hopefully start to turn this country around… its never going to go anywhere as it costs too much for businesses to employ people legally in Spain… oh, and get back to the peseta ASAP!

    On waking up: None of this of course will never happen or at least through politicians using common sense but maybe by force when they get close to bankruptcy, politicians see the money social security and pension payments bring in and cannot bring themselves to reduce that, they just see it as “less money coming in” rather than the creating of a surge in revenue from the various areas where this would generate more tax flow. They are terrified of the unions and can’t see further than their own bank accounts so Spain will trundle on without ever becoming economically viable! At least not in the near future anyway. 😉

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