THE Spanish Government has been advised by experts to implement a tourist tax in resorts on the Spanish peninsula.
From a financial point of view, experts have suggested that the Spanish Government should apply a tax between two and five euros per day.
Despite expert advice, resorts in Benidorm will not be adding the tax on holidaymakers any time soon.
Antonio Pérez, Mayor of Benidorm, has told the Spanish press: “At the moment, the tourism municipalities are simply promoting VAT as a generous income for the coffers of the state.”
Other Spanish destinations are currently considering the proposal.
Valencia and the Canary Islands are some of the destinations that are allegedly considering implementing the new tourist tax.
Cataluña (Costa Brava) and the Balearic Islands have already introduced the tax for overnight stays.
The tax in Cataluña reportedly brings in around 50 million euros a year.
The Mayor of Salou (Cataluña), Pere Granados, addressed during a conference in the Canary Islands the benefits of the tourist tax: “it is working fine”, he said.
Mr. Granados claims that 50 per cent of the money collected by the tax remained in the municipality.