Bucharest mayor wants double tourist tax for the city

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Bucharest mayor Gabriela Firea has proposed doubling the tourist tax in the Romanian Capital city, namely to have the fee increased form 1% to 2% from the accommodation fares for each day of stay, starting next year. The increase is encompassed in a draft bill put in public debate on the city hall’s website.

The fee is pending though the approval of the Bucharest General Council.

The fee will be cashed by the accommodation unit in Bucharest once the tourists pay the bill to be accommodated in the hotels, apartment hotels, hostels, motels and inns, tourist villas, chalets, bungalows, holidays villages, camping, boarding houses.

The tourist unit will have to redirect the tax paid by the tourists to the local budget of the district in Bucharest to which they belong.

A recent study showed that Romania is among those more than 40 countries that charge tourists a fee for entering its territory, be it overnight, hotel and VAT taxes.
Bucharest mayor argues that the money collected from these fees will be used for leisure activities, for marketing campaigns to promote Bucharest in the country and abroad as a tourist destination.
The mayor further adds that the initiative aims at increasing the number of tourists in the Capital, to rise of the visitors’ overnight stays and the incomes obtained from tourism and at introducing the Romanian Capital on the map of the city break travel destinations.


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