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Barcelona City Council Will Once Again Charge Hotels the Surcharge on its Tourist Tax

With the votes of the ERC, BComú and the PSC, the Town Hall has agreed to reactivate the local surcharge on the Generalitat's tourist tax. The measure will come into force in June 2021.

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The hotel sector in Barcelona has received some bad news amidst the feeling of hope that had emerged following the announcement that a Covid vaccine will be rolled out imminently. With votes of support from the ERC, BComú and the PSC, Barcelona City Council’s Economics Committee has agreed to reactivate the local surcharge on the Generalitat’s tourist tax, according to Europa Press.

The Catalan capital announced the creation of this surcharge a year ago, and it came into force in the 2020 Budgets. However, it had to be deactivated following the Covid-19 outbreak, after the hospitality sector, which represents 15% of the city’s GDP and accounts for 9% of the workforce, was reduced historical lows.

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