TIRANA, March 30
Albania like most of the European cities applies the municipal tourist tax, which is Euro 1 per person per night. This tax was set over a year ago while previously it was different for every city. Currently, it is €1 in every city, the capital included. The lack of a classification system for accommodation facilities and hotels forced municipalities to collect a fixed tax.
However, compared to the countries of the region Albania has a higher tourist tax. In Croatia it varies from €0.3-1, in Kosovo, it varies from €0.8-1 only for five stars hotel while other hotels don’t apply the tourist tax.
Greece applies a tax of euro 0.5 per person which is considered a minimal figure while the tourist tax in Macedonia varies from €0.7-1.5.
According to tourism-review.com, the countries with the highest tourist tax in Europe are Belgium and Italy. Travellers that visit Belgium must pay €42, €56 and €70 for the first seven days of their stay in hotels with three, four and five stars.
Meanwhile, the Italian city with the highest tourist tax is its capital Rome where visitors pay €39 for the first seven days of stay, while the tax in the cities of Florence, Venice and Milan is €35.
Other European cities such as Amsterdam, Berlin and Vienna calculate the tourist tax depending on the room cost and not on the hotel category. On the other hand, this tax in Paris is €20.10 for seven days of stay in a five stars hotel.
The European city with the lowest tourist tax is Lisbon. Visitors pay €1per night and it applies only for the first seven days of stay.
In the meantime, Iceland aims at applying a tourism tax in order to control mass tourism.
News Source: Monitor