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    Anyone travelling to Spain after July 1 will be hit with up to £70 ‘tourism tax’!

    If you’re planning on holidaying around Spain this summer, be prepared to take some extra cash.
    You could be made to pay up to £70 in ‘tourism tax’ just for visiting the sunny destination.
    Spain has set a new record for visitors, with 29.2 million visitors in June, 4.2% more than the same period in 2014. Spain is also expected to be the main destination of tourists seeking a value-for-money all-inclusive holiday after the Tunisia attack.
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    Brits have been left furious after authorities agreed the new duty for ‘sustainable tourism’ in March, long after many had booked their breaks.
    Yet whether you’ve booked it or not, you’re going to have to pay.
    The new charge will come into force for anyone holidaying after July 1.



    What does it mean?
    The new charge means that when you arrive at your booked hotel, you’ll have to pay two extra euros to the hotel for each night you intend to stay.
    It varies from hotel to hotel based on their star rating, so a 1* to 3* hotel would cost €1 per day per person, while a 4-5* hotel would cost €2
    Though the charges half after the ninth day, it means a family of four with kids over 16 could have to fork out an extra £70 over a fortnight.

    here do the charges apply?
    The charges apply to the Balearic Islands, which include Majorca, Ibiza, Formentera and Menorca.
    Villas, campsites and private houses are not exempt either.
    People travelling to Malta will also be charged a new fee from June, which will be 40p per night, but this will be capped at five euros.
    The funds are said to be going towards protecting the island’s natural resources.
    But furious families in the UK feel tourism chiefs are just trying to profit from the rise in bookings to Spain following the decline of tourist destinations like Egypt and Tunisia, following terror attacks.


    Read more: Anyone travelling to Spain will pay up to £70 'tourism tax' after July 1 | Metro News

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    Brilliant idea. That'll really help the economy, surprised Thailand doesnt have one.

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    Why 'up to 70' euros.

    If you have 25 kids it will be waaay more.


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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
    Brilliant idea. That'll really help the economy, surprised Thailand doesnt have one.
    They will now?

    Not many original ideas but are quick to copy.

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    This applies to the Balearics, so is basically the same as the national park tax on Koh Samed and others.

    Spain is mimicking the inventive Thais in raising funds to protect the fragile ecosystem.

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    If this is only applied to non spanish people then it contravenes about 23 EU Laws and as such will never be enforced.... Unless it is the EU junta who came up with the scam, at which point it will be enforced, and spread allaround Europe as another way too get their thieving hands on peoples money.
    Originally Posted by bsnub "No wonder I drive a tesla"

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    Not surprising since Spain is broke and don't be surprised to see 'tourist fees' popping up all over Europe. Spain has just opened the gate.

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    Time to holiday in England and for a revival of the English coastal towns.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang
    Brits have been left furious after authorities agreed the new duty
    Not just Brits. Germans and other EU nationals will also be demanding more for their exclusive sunbed space money.
    Quote Originally Posted by pseudolus
    If this is only applied to non spanish people then it contravenes about 23 EU Laws
    Dress it up as an essential environmental levy and it will be waved through.
    Often wondered at the effect of migrants and a broken economy on the Greek Islands tourism. Perhaps they will be next?

    What price Skegness this summer?

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    rome has the same policy; dont know about the rest of italy
    i presume its a national not local ordanance

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    Quote Originally Posted by chassamui View Post
    Often wondered at the effect of migrants and a broken economy on the Greek Islands tourism. Perhaps they will be next?

    What price Skegness this summer?
    I don't mind paying a bit extra for Lesbos, mind.

    Skeggy and Scarborough here we come!


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    ^ Beached whale alert!!

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    ^^Eye bleach alert

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    It's already here! Took a day boat-trip to Phi Phi Island a couple weeks ago. Got hit for 20 Baht (per person - Thais, too) as soon as we stepped off the boat. "To help clean up the island" was the message.

    Knowing how the Thais have raped the place for so many years, where money has always been more important than looking after the environment around them, it perhaps doesn't come as any big surprise. I'm sure the many businesses on the island also contribute to keep the place clean - yeah, right...

    I don't really object to helping pay to help keep a place looking nice, but it can seem like a bit of a joke to many of the cruise visitors - as they're only on the island for about 2 hours.

    As far as I was concerned the place is pretty fucked. I know you have to pay more for things on an island, but 100 baht for a piece of fruit or 50 baht for a small ice cream was pushing it too far. We were quite happy when it was time to leave.....

    No doubt it'll soon be Samui, Krabi, Samet, Koh Charng and various other places - where you'll have to pay extra just to set foot in the place.

    As for Spain - they should be a bit careful. People will (hopefully) end up choosing another country to visit - the eastern countries are already getting very popular in the summer months.

    Serve 'em right, too - greedy fvcks!
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    I scratched Phi Phi Island off my to see list many years ago. Funny that so many tourists want to see this movie backdrop and pay such inflated prices. Unfortunately, Thailand has not done a very good job of marketing the rest of their country, but that is due to the fat cats pushing the normal tourist traps. I usually try to steer clear of tourist areas, but it seems the friends I meet who come from the US have already been brainwashed by the advertising.

    To pay additional fees for visiting any country or landmark just makes me look elsewhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly
    Brilliant idea. That'll really help the economy, surprised Thailand doesnt have one
    It does, when farangs enter National Parks and the likes.

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    Guess I'm gonna have to put Kmart on ignore to remove that hideous picture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickschoppers
    I sctatched Phi Phi Island off my to see list many years ago. Funny that so many tourists want to see this movie backdrop and pay such inflated prices.
    We stick to going to where Thais go for their holidays. Choa Loa these days. Chaolao Beach Chanthaburi with the extended family eating BBQ's on the beach is a nice relaxing break.

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    I don't like the Spanish as they attempted to swindle me in currency dealings when I toured there. I will never visit this den of thieves again. I have my own personal boycott of all their produce, fruits, wines, etc. and I urge others to do likewise. They are a shower of shit. No offence intended.

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    So you prefer to visit Thailand where there is absolutely no swndling going on with their tours. Interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by can123 View Post
    I don't like the Spanish as they attempted to swindle me in currency dealings when I toured there. I will never visit this den of thieves again. I have my own personal boycott of all their produce, fruits, wines, etc. and I urge others to do likewise. They are a shower of shit. No offence intended.
    Not forgetting the infamous "Land Grab".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thaimato
    No doubt it'll soon be Samui, Krabi, Samet, Koh Charng and various other places - where you'll have to pay extra just to set foot in the place.
    Visitors already pay through the nose to visit Samui. You can pay the extortionate Bangkok Airways prices to arrive by air, or the time consuming route via Suratthani by air bus and ferry.
    Every tourist should pay a minimum Bt3000 levy to come here. No queuing behind Chinese and Korean tourists while they buy the local 7/11 stock of ham and cheese toasties and smuggle them into their 3 star hotels, so they don't have to use the restaurants. The c u n t s

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickschoppers View Post
    So you prefer to visit Thailand where there is absolutely no swndling going on with their tours. Interesting.
    The Spanish did not steal from me but they tried many times. They are stupid to think that I am less intelligent than they are. Likewise the Thais do not swindle me either. I become upset and get a touch of the "jai rorn" when people think I am daft and then try to take my money. Call me old fashioned but I like honest people. I am au fait with Thailand and am happy there. The reality is that I do not trust any bugger and am always on the alert, and, in consequence, I have become a miserable bastard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by can123 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by rickschoppers View Post
    So you prefer to visit Thailand where there is absolutely no swndling going on with their tours. Interesting.
    The Spanish did not steal from me but they tried many times. They are stupid to think that I am less intelligent than they are. Likewise the Thais do not swindle me either. I become upset and get a touch of the "jai rorn" when people think I am daft and then try to take my money. Call me old fashioned but I like honest people. I am au fait with Thailand and am happy there. The reality is that I do not trust any bugger and am always on the alert, and, in consequence, I have become a miserable bastard.
    Believe me, you have already been swindled in Thailand. Maybe you are not aware of it, and by saying Thais do not swindle you just proves my point. Swindling is a way of life here and is everywhere. If you do not believe me, just look up the definition of the word SWINDLE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickschoppers
    If you do not believe me, just look up the definition of the word SWINDLE.
    Americans do not teach English to native English speakers. I have not been swindled. I am swindleless.

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