Record €30m from tourist taxes

More local authorities benefit

Albufeira, benefitting from tourist taxes

Diário de Notícias reports that the number of tourists and overnight stays continued to grow in the first half of this year across the country, which represented more tourist tax revenue for local authorities.

It is the highest value ever allocated by the country’s municipalities with the tourist tax. Between January and June, the tax charged on overnight stays in the country’s tourist accommodation generated revenues of €30 million for city councils, 47% more compared to the first half of last year, according to the survey carried out by Dinheiro Vivo. This was also the first time that revenues in the first half of the year exceeded pre-pandemic figures, remaining 38% above that recorded in the first six months of 2019.

The year is once again marked by records in tourism, with the main indicators achieving historic results. In the first half of 2023, Portugal received 13.6 million guests (+21%) and recorded 34 million overnight stays (+18.8%). Compared to 2019, guests and overnight stays increased by 11%, according to data from the Instituto Nacional de Estatística or INE, the Government office for national statistics of Portugal. In this way, with more tourists and more overnight stays, the activity accounts for the first half of the year already suggested good revenue performance for local authorities as well.

The list of municipalities to apply the tourist tax also grew this year. In addition to Braga, Cascais, Faro, Lisbon, Mafra, Óbidos, Porto, Santa Cruz (Madeira), Sintra, Vila Nova de Gaia and Vila Real de Santo António, Póvoa de Varzim began applying the tourist tax on January 1, €5 per night, as well as Coimbra, which has charged one euro per night since April 5th. In Figueira da Foz, charging two euros per night came into force in July and Olhão began charging the same amount in June.

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