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TAX RETURNS Tourist Tax Back On The Agenda

Tuesday July 16, 2019

TAX RETURNS Tourist Tax Back On The Agenda

The newly composed Canary Islands Government is eyeing the introduction of an eco-tax across the archipelago….

Tourists visiting Lanzarote and the rest of the Canary Islands could soon be paying extra to visit the archipelago. After the newly elected, left leaning government placed the introduction of a visitor levy to offset environmental degradation at the core of their new policy agenda.

The Canary Islands welcome over 20 million visitors a year and a tourist tax has been mooted by local politicians in the past in order to generate revenue for various conservation projects. The Balearic Islands imposed a similar tax on tourists back in July 2016 whilst a similar scheme is also in place across Catalonia.

The proposal for the Canary Islands suggests that tourists aged 14 years plus will be asked to pay between 50 centimos and €1.50 per night, dependent on the quality and type of accommodation booked. This charge would be levied directly by the accommodation provider.

Lanzarote recorded over 20 million overnight stays in officially registered accommodation during the course of 2018, according to industry data.

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