After the presentation of a report by USC professor Luís Caramés on the feasibility of introducing a tourist tax in Compostela, the debate on the opportunity to introduce a tax of this type, how and at what level, autonomous or municipal, resurfaces. The Xunta de Galicia, through statements both from its vice-president, Alfonso Rueda, and the director of Tourism of Galicia, Nava Castro, consdieran that there are no objective reasons to think at this time in implementing a tourism tax at an autonomous level, since it would be a measure that could even be counterproductive for the development that is experiencing the sector.

In this sense, the Hospitality Association of Compostela shares a good part of the diagnosis of the professor regarding the saturation of the Cathedral’s surroundings, but they have doubts about the introduction of a tourist tax, since it would be necessary to assess how it would be implemented and its repercussion, considering that, in any case, it should start with the hikers, who generate more saturation and less income to the sector.

For its part, the tourism sector in the province of Pontevedra has openly demonstrated against the tourist tax. Both the Provincial Federation of Businessmen of Pontevedra (Feprohos) and the Association of Hospitality Businessmen of Pontevedra (Asehopo) consider that it would be unfortunate to raise at this moment a tourist tax in Galicia as it would negatively affect both the process of growth in the number of visitors and the profitability of a sector that accounts for 12% of the Galician GDP and is currently working as an economic engine of our territory. “We believe that it is time to continue working on the path of sustainable growth, based on quality tourism, respectful of the environment, consistently managing the arrival of visitors and promoting new tourism products that allow us to attract visitors throughout the year,”they say.

In this sense, and in line with the opinion of the Galician Tourism Cluster as an entity, they consider that the possible introduction of a tourism tax raises many doubts as to how its operation would be established. As for its application, since if it were exclusively for overnight stays, it would be outside the tax on excursions and day visitors, (which is usually the main cause of complaint in destinations near saturation) and on the destination of the proceeds, since it is not clear how the tax would directly revert in the improvement of infrastructure and maintenance of the tourist sector and in improving the quality of life of the citizens of each municipality where it is established, and of course

Bearing in mind, moreover, that we are facing a tourist destination such as the Galician that is still growing, the tourism sector Pontevedrés considers that it is necessary to continue working to put in value “the Tourism Industry”, which has generated so many benefits, and that it remains “one of the great engines” of employment generation and wealth in the province of Pontevedra and Galicia in general.

Wednesday October 11th, 2017

Tourist tax in Galicia?

After the presentation of a report by USC professor Luís Caramés on the feasibility of introducing a tourist tax in Compostela, the debate on the opportunity […]
Tuesday October 10th, 2017

Sanxenxo welcomes the professional conference “Tourism and new technologies: Innovation and digital transformation of tourism”.

Promoted by the Galician Tourism Cluster in collaboration with the Pontevedra Provincial Council, the registration period is now open Aimed at tourism companies, digital suppliers and […]
Monday October 9th, 2017

The Galician Tourism Cluster Training Plan goes beyond the equator with workshops and seminars held in ten locations

Compostela welcomes from next week the Higher Programme of Management and Management of Tourist Enterprises Ribadeo, Vigo and Santiago de Compostela have been the locations that […]
Thursday October 5th, 2017

New edition of FairWay, the Santiago de Compostela Pilgrimage Forum, launched

The Forum del Camino de Santiago, FairWay, has already launched its second edition, which will be held from 12 to 14 November at the Palacio de […]