Visiting Spain: Barcelona To Increase Tourist Tax By 18% In April

Visiting Spain: Barcelona To Increase Tourist Tax By 18% In April

Barcelona’s tourist tax is set to rise once again on 1 April 2024.

Since 2012, Barcelona has added an extra fee on top of the region-wide tourist tax. 

The city hosts millions of tourists each year and this adds pressure to already strained services, such cleaning and public transport. 

To deal with that, local authorities have charged a city tourist tax of €2.75 per person, for every night spent in the city, and that will increase to €3.25 from 1 April.

Authorities hope the fee will bring in as much as €100 million in 2024.

With the tourist tax fund, Barcelona expects to install air conditioning systems powered by rooftop solar on 170 schools by 2029.

Authorities also stated the proceeds would be used to fund the city’s infrastructure, including improvements to roads, bus services, and escalators.

Barcelona isn’t the only tourist hot spot in Spain taxing visitors to cope with their impact.

The Balearic Islands charge a nightly fee of €1-4 for each visitor aged 16. Known as the Sustainable Tourism Tax, it is used to promote better tourism practices and conserve the islands’ nature.

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