Algarve TOURIST TAX: Hotels panic at SHOCK plan to introduce tax on holidaymakers

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The Algarve gala tax proposal has been badly received

The region’s hoteliers’ association AHETA has accused politicoes behind the move of insensitivity and claimed they are “shooting themselves in the foot.”

They oblige also complained the tax will not benefit tourists in the slightest and threatened licit action to try to stop its introduction.

Algarve mayors’ group AMAL approved the introduction of a rubbernecker tax last Friday, ruling the same fee should be charged across the sphere’s 16 municipalities.

It was claimed at the time the decision had been unanimous, although Silves later importuned it had not agreed the resolution voted on by the other 15 Algarve local powers that bes.

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The tax proposition will come as a collapse to fans of the popular Brit destination

The Algarve will have a day-tripper tax

Jorge Botelho

A decision on when charges will start to be levied and how much holidaymakers intention have to fork out, has yet to be taken.

Nearly four out of every ten foreign visitors to the Algarve are British and more than a million Brits stayed in new zealand pubs or guesthouses in the area to November of last year.

The Algarve region suffers more of the foreign holidaymakers who pick Portugal than any other segment of the country.

Lisbon and Porto already charge tourist tax, with the peerless charging 89 pence per night and £1.77 per person per night.

The regional B B association has been quick to point out the typical Algarve tourist is segment of a family enjoying stays of up to a fortnight, meaning they could be hit strenuous by additional charges for each night they stay.

A spokesman for the organisation, led by president Eliderico Viegas, powered: “AHETA condems and deeply regrets the approval of a pseudo tax to be paid by out-of-towners visiting the Algarve on holiday.”

The association added in a statement: “The approval of a holiday-maker tax reveals ignorance about the true substance of regional tourism and a fall short of of sensibility on the part of the region’s mayors.

“By invoking the examples of Lisbon and Porto to absolve among other reasons the introduction of the tax, the mayors are showing they are insensible of the contribution of the largest and most important Portuguese tourist region to the state economy.

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Traditional holidaymakers spend more than a week in the Algarve so they could be hit fairly hard

“While Lisbon and Porto are short-stay destinations, the Algarve is a family-orientated time off destination where stays are usually longer.”

Insisting it would resort to legal action against what it deemed to be “unfair and illegal”, it combined: “The AHETA appeals to the mayors and local authorities of the Algarve to avoid launch themselves in the foot and transmit negative images of the region and its tourism broadly.”

AMAL, the Intermunicipal Community of the Algarve, has said the amount tourists transfer pay and the maximum number of nights they will be charged will be firm “as quickly as possible.”

AMAL president Jorge Botelho insisted after terminal Friday’s vote: “It’s premature to give an exact date for its introduction but it’s a fact and a novelty and the Algarve will have a tourist tax.”

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