News flash - Venice tax proposed for July 1st
A hotel bed tax imposed in Venice
By TTM on 09 June 2011 in News
We have just heard confirmation that the Commune of Venice has agreed to impose a hotel bed tax, commencing on July 1st 2011.
After a meeting on Wednesday morning of the mayors of the Veneto region, the Commune of Venice, led by Giorgio Orsoni, announced in the afternoon that the city will introduce an accommodation tax.
This will come into force on the 1st July, subject to being voted through the council, which is seen as a formality. The cost will be 1 euro per person, per night, per star of category for up to a maximum of 5 nights.
In the low season (November to February) a lower tariff is anticipated and non 4 and 5 star hotels on the mainland and smaller islands will be charged less. Residents of Venice, under 10s, hostels and communal accommodation as well as coach drivers and guides travelling with groups will be exempt.
However, the Tourism Minister in Rome, Vittoria Brambilla, has suggested that Venice needs to wait for their approval, an assertion dismissed by Mr Orsoni. Local hotel associations and trade body Confinmercio have expressed their opposition.
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