Tourist tax nets €21M to April
The tax levied on tourists by hotels and accommodation raised €21.4 million of which €13.6 million was from Lisbon.
The amounts represent a 61% increase like-for-like on 2022 while they revenues were up largely thanks to a 41% increase in tourists on the same period, and because there was a growth in the tax applied.
Porto raised €5.8 million from the tax for the four months. The Portuguese tourism tax which was dropped during the pandemic, raises between €1 and €2 per adult per night for 7 days, irrespective of the actual length of stay.
Levied by municipal councils, in 2022 11 charged the tax – Braga, Cascais, Faro, Lisbon, Mafra, Óbidos, Porto, Santa Cruz (Madeira), Sintra, Vila Nova de Gaia and Vila Real de Santo António – but this has since swelled to include Póvoa de Varzim (€1.5), Coimbra (€1), while Figueira da Foz, Olhão, and Viana do Castelo are introducing the tax this year.
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