Tourist Tax revenue should be spread across the Algarve

The Algarve's hotels association, beachBarImageAHETA, proposes that 'Tourist Tax' revenues should be spread across the region in partnership with the private sector.

AHETA represents the business interests of hotels and tourism businesses in the Algarve and is fully against the new tax that some Councils are intent on introducing, stating often that it is "unjust and inappropriate."

For the association, the introduction of the per night tax, at a time when the market is cooling off and Brexit is coming soon, "contributes to a negative signal on the international markets and, thereby, further increases the loss of competitiveness compared to other destinations."
Even so, AHETA says that it has decided not formally to oppose the introduction of the tax, provided the money goes to sensible projects and is not wasted.

Calling for the money to be managed in partnership with the private sector, AHETA says that projects directed toward improving the attractiveness of the region, plus promotional activities and the support of ‘sustainable tourism’ should be proposed, as well as doing up some of the Algarve's historical heritage that is in poor shape.
Given the importance of the region as a whole for tourism, coupled with the fact that around 70% of the total nights spent in the region are concentrated in only three municipalities (Albufeira, Loulé and Portimão), AHETA, says the money should be spread around across the region even though some Councils will elect not to collect it.

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+1 #6 RCK 2019-02-13 18:07
Quoting maria valentina Umer:
What the hell is this AHETA? Taxes, no matter their source, tourism or otherwise, are to revert to Government to fund what is necessary in the national economy. Taxes are not a matter of private partnerships! Once again, the Algarve tourism industry is suspect. As if Portugal were only the Southern province. Incidentally, Mr. Editor, would you care to list the authors of the articles you publish in your tabloid and their contacts?

Maria, you may be, as previously stated by you on 10 February, a ‘Trained International Economist’ (or did you mean Communist?) but your tax assertion here is factually incorrect.

By way of just two examples, IMI TAX which replaced Council Tax in 2003, reverts to the respective municipalities, not the government, AND, the existing tourist TAX in Lisbon, does not revert to the Government either. Just saying.
+2 #5 Margaridaana 2019-02-12 14:18
Tourists, Brits or not, are already paying taxes on all they do, see and eat here. Another tax may be just one too many. Plenty of other places to go for sun, sea and wine!
+2 #4 charly 2019-02-12 11:09
Dear Ed, any idea what Maria Valentina Ulmer wants or means ? Tks.
+2 #3 johno1 2019-02-12 06:57
this is madness ,we are already suffering from a big drop in high spending Brits, who are returning to budget countries like Turkey and the greed of Albufeiras hotels in the last few years, with there high prices for 1970s splendour
+3 #2 Jack Reacher 2019-02-11 23:15
The whole flipping lot will get stolen. None will be trickle down economy of any local benefit.
+1 #1 charly 2019-02-11 18:45
Is mr Viegas "fishing" for new income money ?
It likes like it is.

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