Tax the tourists, Barcelona says.

As the city of Barcelona aims to attract ‘quality’ tourism over the mass tourism they have struggled with for years, authorities recently announced an increase in tourist tax that will take place over the next two years.

Only official tourist accommodations are subject to the city’s surcharge, which differs depending on the type of accommodation.

How much are we talking about here? 

Visitors to Barcelona will have to pay both the regional tourist tax and the city-wide surcharge, with the first increment taking effect on April 1, 2023. Visitors will pay €2.75 per night after that date — an increase of €1. A second increase will occur next year on April 1, 2024, with a fee of €3.25 per day.

As a result, five-star hotel guests will pay an increased rate of €5.25 to €6.75 per night by 2024.

What is the purpose of Barcelona’s tourist tax?

Every year, the city receives more visitors than it can handle, with an average of 32 million visitors. Authorities hope the tourist tax increase will boost the city’s budget by 53 million euros this year and by 100 million euros in 2024, attracting quality tourism instead of hordes of visitors at a time. 

Proceeds from the tax increase will go toward improving city infrastructure, such as roads, bus services, and escalators.

Those who want to cross the Spanish city off their bucket list and save some dollars before the tax increase should probably (most definitely) visit now through April 1.

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