TheInnkeeper.com » Luxury Bed and Breakfasts http://theinnkeeper.com Bed and Breakfasts Worldwide Thu, 05 Oct 2017 20:31:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.6.1 Rome Taxing Tourists Rather Than Locals http://theinnkeeper.com/2010/12/16/rome-taxing-tourists-rather-than-locals/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rome-taxing-tourists-rather-than-locals http://theinnkeeper.com/2010/12/16/rome-taxing-tourists-rather-than-locals/#comments Thu, 16 Dec 2010 13:05:17 +0000 Mariah http://www.theinnkeeper.com/blog/?p=257 Tourist tax in Rome is now offical. As of January 1,. ...

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Tourist tax in Rome is now offical.

As of January 1, a hotel stay will cost an extra $4 (€3) per person per night at four- and five-star properties and an extra $2.70 (€2) per person per night at other hotels. (Hostels and kids under age 2 are exempt.) A maximum of 10 nights can be taxed, so you could pay up to an additional $40 per person on your next trip—about the cost of a dinner out. This is in addition to a 10 percent hotel tax that’s typically included in the advertised room rate.

The new tax revenue will help to compensate for slashed funding from Italy’s national government and will go toward the much-needed restoration of Roman monuments. Cultural treasures are literally crumbling in Rome and across Italy. Three chunks of Roman mortar fell from an arched ceiling at the Colosseum back in May, and a few structures collapsed in Pompeii last month.

So some may agree that the tax is going to a good cause, and tourists do leave an impact on local monuments. But does that really mean we tourists should be stuck footing the bill? Local councilor Frederico Guidi has readily admitted: “In order for the city of Rome not to tax Romans, we have decided to tax the tourists,” according to the Daily Mail.

Venice has similar plans in the works to charge tourists an entry tax of perhaps $1.33 (€1) upon arrival by train, plane, or cruise ship—which means we’ve got the beginnings of a trend. What’s your reaction to these tourist taxes?

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