Not only will the city of Venice introduce an entrance fee for tourists, but Athens in Greece will also levy a climate tax on tourists in 2024.
Devastating forest fires and flooding have hit Greece this vacation season. Nevertheless, the country is heading for a tourism record; the previous figure of 33 million guests in 2019 could be surpassed this year. According to Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, significant funds will be deposited into a fund for immediate assistance in the event of future climate damage. In the future, holidaymakers will pay a seasonal “climate resilience levy” in return for abolishing the current tourist tax.
According to media reports, the tax will be levied daily and per accommodation. It is set to be higher in the high season from March to October. For the cheapest overnight stays, for example, in guesthouses or hotels with up to two stars, the tax will rise to 1.50 euros per night. The exact amount will have to be paid for rented rooms or apartments and short-term rentals booked online.
Three- and four-star hotels charge 3 and 7 euros daily, respectively. The fee will be 10 euros daily in five-star hotels, rented detached houses, or villas. This is 1 to 6 euros more per day than the previous visitor’s tax. In the low season, from November to February, the tax is between 0.50 and 4 euros per day, depending on the accommodation.
- hector pascua with reports from kleinezeitung.at/picture: Bild von Leonhard Niederwimmer auf Pixabay
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