Porto to introduce tourist tax from March 2018Staff Writer | December 13, 2017
Porto will implement a new tourist tax from March 2018, after the Porto Town Hall voted in favor of the initiative on Tuesday.
Tourists From March 1
The motion was passed unanimously, although the Unified Democratic Coalition (CDU), an alliance of the Portuguese Communist Party and Greens, abstained.
The CDU approved of the measure in principal, but favored a 1 euro per night charge and an age limit set at 18.
The tax is the latest political response to voter concerns that tourists are treated more favorably than residents.
Portugal is experiencing a tourism boom at present, not least in its two main cities of Lisbon and Porto. Increased tourism is providing a boost to the economy, but forcing up rents and putting additional strain on municipal services.
The tourist tax is designed to redress the balance.
Lisbon has operated a 1 euro tourist tax since January 2016. The Lisbon Town Hall expects to raise 14.5 million euros from the tax in 2018. ■