Oporto tourist tax is “unfair” and “excessive”, hotel businesses state

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Taxation  Tourist Tax

“This is an accommodation tax, not a tourist tax”, criticized the president of APHORT – Associação Portuguesa de Hotelaria, Restauração e Turismo (Portuguese Association of Hotels, Restaurants and Tourism), Rodrigo Pinto Barros, in an interview to Lusa. Aphort’s president believes this tourist tax that will be charged in Oporto is “unfair” and “uneven”, because it is only charged to tourists that are accommodated in Oporto, and not to those who are visiting the city and using its facilities (tourist buses, restaurants and museums) and do not stay overnight.

The president of the Portuguese Hotels Association (AHP), Raul Martins, also states he does not agree with “the tax model presented” for Oporto. “If the tourism footprint is pointed out as the main reason behind this tax, AHP considers that it should be paid for all visitors and not only for those who are staying overnight, considering that tariffs and taxes covered by hotel companies are not the same as the ones paid by residents”, he signaled.