Lisbon city council's to start charging tourist tax in 2015 arouses controversy

November 12, 2014 11:40 am 

LISBON, Nov. 12 — Lisbon city council plans to start charging a tourist tax of one euro per person that arrives at its airport and ports in 2015, followed by another charge of one euro per overnight stay in 2016, according to local press reports on Tuesday.

The cash raised through the new tax will be used to finance construction and refurbishment of facilities in the Portuguese capital, including a new congress center in central Lisbon in the building that now houses the Carlos Lopes Pavilion, currently a sports venue.

The overnight charge would be for a maximum of seven nights, Mayor of Lisbon Antonio Costa told a press conference.

The Portuguese Tourism Confederation (CTP) said Tuesday it did not agree with the planned taxes on tourism in the capital as these would cut into the already tight margins of the hospitality and tourism sector.

"The creation of two taxes for the tourism sector — one on overnight stays and another on arrivals at Lisbon Airport and the Port of Lisbon — will have no beneficial effect on increasing tourism in Lisbon,"said the head of CTP Francisco Calheiros in a statement. (PNA/Xinhua)

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