What tax Spain introduced for tourists

Spain is now experiencing far from the best times, and economic difficulties are affecting all areas of life of the country, including tourist business. The new government of this state faces a tough need to reduce the budget deficit, which in 2011 approached 9% – triple the limit allowed for European members Union. The government is using spending cuts and tax increases as the main measures to address the problem. These measures will be tested not only by Spanish “budget workers”, but also by foreign tourists. Of course, the losses of tourists do not compare with the deterioration of the situation of local workers, but still pay an additional 7 euros each arriving in the country will have to.

These new costs are a consequence of the introduction in Spain of a new tax collected in the form of an airport levy. The amount of it may vary at different airports in the country. For example, the capital’s Barayas airport terminal will now have to pay 14 euros and 44 cents instead of the previous 6 euros and 95 cents. And those travelling to Catalonia via Barcelona’s El Prat airport will have to pay a fee of one euro less – 13.44 instead of the previous 6.12. Moreover, it will be necessary to pay additional tax to those who purchased air tickets even before its introduction – some airlines send appropriate notifications to their customers. On average, airport duty in Spain rose by 18.9% – this figure is cited by the Association of European Travel Agencies.

Perhaps some way to compensate tourists the negative consequences of the Spanish crisis can be another manifestation of it. As one measure to combat unemployment, the government plans to abolish the traditional three-hour siesta for major shopping malls. This means shop hours in Spain will increase by a quarter.

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