Locals think that tourists will spend less.
In the Central French region of Ile-de-France will raise the tourist tax to pay for public transport development. The owners of local hotels I believe that as a result of tourists will spend less money. This writes Le Quotidien du Tourisme.
In the near future the government of the region of Ile-de-France, which includes Paris and 7 departments, intends to approve the increase in regional tourism tax by 15%. Additional revenue, the authorities intend to direct the development of company Société du Grand Paris is responsible for the public transport network of the capital region. The tax will take effect from 1 January 2019.
Representatives of the Union of trade and industrial enterprises of hotel industry (Umih) and Department of social services (CNG) has already stated that the tax increase is unacceptable. Hotel owners blame the French government and President in complete contradiction of their election promises.
According to experts, this measure will directly affect the purchasing power of tourists that travel on the Ile-de-France. In addition, increased tourist tax might set a precedent and spread to all regions of France. According to opponents of the tax increase, the innovation will actually punish tourists attraction the first region of France and will weaken the competitiveness of business tourism which is the locomotive of tourism in Ile-de-France.
In the region of Ile-de-France consists of 8 departments: Paris, Seine-et-Marne, Yvelines, Eson, Hauts-de-Seine, Seine-Saint-Denis, Val-de-Marne and Val d’oise. Currently the tourist tax in the capital ranges from €1 to €8 per night, depending on the classification of the property. In other cities of the region with tourists collect the cash amount in the amount of €0,2-8. Every year authorities collect from tourists about 100 million euros.