Tourist tax in Portugal brings needed relief to 11 cities

Figures show significant increase of funds raised

25 July, 16:00

    (ANSAmed) - LISBON, JULY 25 - With the gradual return of tourism to pre-pandemic levels in Portugal, the local tax for tourists helps to bring some relief to Portuguese cities.

    According to figures released today by the main Lusitanian newspapers, the eleven municipalities collecting the tax from tourists who stay in their hotel facilities have raised a total of 19 million euros over the course of the year's first semester. The capital city of Lisbon has benefited the most from this measure, collecting 12,5 million euros, followed by Porto with 4,6 million euros. The total figure still falls short by 13% when compared to the amount raised in the first semester of 2019, however it shows a 650% increase compared to the same period last year. It should be noted that many of eleven cities where the tax is applied had suspended it during the most critical phases of the pandemic. (ANSAmed).

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