Barcelona mulling tax on tourists

5th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

Barcelona is considering imposing a tax on tourists of one euro (1.25 dollars) per day to cover a cut in state subsidies aimed at promoting the city, tourism authorities said Monday.

"We are looking into this possibility," which could be included in our next strategic plan for the city, a spokesman for Barcelona tourism authority said.

Some 6.5 million tourists visited the capital of Spain's northeastern region of Catalonia last year, one of the most popular destinations for visitors to Spain, according to the tourism authorities.

If the plan goes ahead, it would be the first Spanish city to impose a daily tax on tourists.

The Catalan newspaper La Vanguardia said "100 percent" of the funds would be used to promote city.

© 2010 AFP

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