IRISH tourists holidaying in Benidorm could be forced to spend more on their sun break if a new tourist tax comes into effect.
From next year, stays in Spain could become more expensive as the government in Valencia introduces an overnight stay fee.
The tax is levied on vacationers staying in various types of accommodation – hotels, campsites, hostels and country houses.
The tax could cost 50 cents per night for campsites or hostels, rising to €2 for each night in a four or five star hotel.
The tax is per person, which means that an Irish family of five staying in a hotel or apartment for two weeks could end up paying an additional €140 for their holiday.
And the tax also applies to cruise passengers, even if they don’t stay overnight.
Tourists on cruises have to pay €1.50 per day, but the amount each person pays will be capped. local media reports.
Individual councils are allowed to decide whether or not to collect the tax — allowing some tourists to avoid the flat-rate fees.
Benidorm council is against the tax, while hotel councilor Hosbec has called on the Valencian government to scrap the tax plans.
Hosbec President Tony Mayor said: “This tax message creates a feeling that tourists are a nuisance and are not well received, quite contrary to the spirit of hospitality in which we have operated.”
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Meanwhile, Irish tourists hoping to break away from the travel chaos here are finding their Spanish holidays on hold due to the violent storms sweep across the country.
Beach bar owners said their Easter hopes have been dashed after storms in recent weeks caused damage that had already driven resorts into the thousands with repair bills.
And Irish tourists heading to Mallorca could be affected hefty restaurant and pub bills this summer – as hard-hit companies face rising costs.
Local business officials warn that the cost of a meal on the Spanish island could rise by up to 15 percent.
And they’ve been hampered by a shortage of essential ingredients like olive oil due to a Spanish transport strike.
And alongside the transport strike disaster, utility bills have also skyrocketed – some companies being charged from €1,600 to €4,000 in a matter of months.
https://www.thesun.ie/travel/8625279/irish-tourists-spain-holiday-warning-new-tax-hikes/ Irish tourists warned that bank holidays in Spain could face new taxes