Catalan tourist rate sector finally accept it by responsibility towards the country
As progress was made yesterday in the news Hosteltur lower rate tourism of Catalonia, CiU and PP in the Parliament of Catalonia groups have agreed to introduce an amendment in the accompaniment of the budgets of the Generalitat Act for 2012, which shall fix the amounts of the new tax and postponed their implementation until next November.
The agreement between PP and CiU has counted in addition with the agreement of several business associations, forged after a series of “negotiations” with the political spokesmen Oriol Pujol (CiU) and Alicia SÃ¡nchez-Camacho (PP), according to a statement by the tourism entities.
Such talks have been aimed at “fixing a number of essential requirements for the catalan tourism sector, that have as objective minimizing the negative impact that the application of a tax on stays in tourist accommodation in Catalonia can be assumed”.
“After the two meetings with the President of the Generalitat, Artur Mas, the sector has taken this decision is aware of the serious financial situation of the Catalan coffers, in an exercise of responsibility and sensitivity towards the country”, added the same statement.
Business entities represented in the negotiations are the Confederation of hotel, catering and tourist apartments in Catalonia; hostelry of Barcelona Provincial federations, Girona, Lleida and Tarragona; Barcelona hotels Guild of the Catalan Federation of camping; the rural confederations; tourist apartments Federation; Promotion of the work; PIMEC; Council of Chambers; Homes of colonies and shelters; ACAV and UCAVE.
The rate amounts
This way, five star hotels and cruises, the rate would be 3 euros but 2.5; in the four star would happen 2 euros to 1.25 in Barcelona and 1 in the rest of Catalonia, while in the rest of establishments wouldn’t be 1 euro but Barcelona 0.75 and 0.5 in the rest of the territory.
Also plans to establish an maximum fee amount, corresponding to 7 overnight stays per person (instead of the planned 10 initially), and 2 persons per housing unit, as well as extend the age of teenagers exempt from payment, which would be 12 to 16 years.