Updated on Thursday, 23 September 2021 – 08:52
Hosbec and Ashotur show their dissatisfaction with the measure defended by Comproms and Podem because the sector already supports enough taxes
Clients in a hotel establishment in the province of CastellnEL WORLD
The proposal of Comproms and Unides Podem, partners of the PSPV-PSOE in the Botnic Government, to implement a tourist tax similar to the one that already exists in other autonomous communities such as Catalonia and the Balearic Islands has found the frontal and firm rejection of the hotel businessmen of Castelln. Both the Hotel and Tourism Business Association of the Valencian Community (Hosbec) and the Provincial Association of Hospitality and Tourism Entrepreneurs of Castelln (Ashotur) have already shown their disagreement with a measure that, according to their point of view, it is populist and demagogic.
The representatives of Hosbec and Ashotur reject this tourist tax not only for the moment in which it occurs under a context still marked by the coronavirus pandemic but also because of its form. The tourism sector is one of the most taxed. Without going any further, the IBI of the hotels in the tourist municipalities are the highest or the same VAT, to name a few. In addition, tourists who come to our establishments already pay because, logically, part of that money goes to pay our workers, as well as Social Security, ensures Javier Gallego, Vice President of Hosbec in Castelln.
The tourist tax, an old aspiration of the government partners of Ximo Puig, is back on the table after the meeting held this week by the vice president of the Consell, Monica Oltra, and the new second vice president, Hector Illueca, which replaces Rubn Martinez Dalmau as a representative of the purple formation.
In this appointment, Oltra and Illueca agreed to recover the old claim, an issue that the socialists – aligned in this with the business sector – reject frontally and that has generated many tensions in the Consell. Interestingly, the introduction of this new tax, which the clients of the tourist establishments will pay and that will be destined to social policies in the face of young people (the estimated collection is about 45 million euros), it had been parked within the Puig Executive because the purple party got off that train. In fact, Dalmau went so far as to assure that the rate was not a priority.
Our opposition is based on the negative effects it would have on the sector since tourists could choose not to come or to reduce their time of stay in the province. In addition, why a tourist tax and not one to the tile, to the furniture or to the farmer? Nor do we understand how administrations spend a lot of money trying to attract tourists and now they are going to impose a new tax on them, he says. Carlos Escorihuela placeholder image, president of Ashotur.
Hoteliers do not see the timing of this measure as appropriate either. It represents a huge lack of sensitivity towards the sector that is trying to emerge after these two hard years. We think that It is a measure of these two parties to give fuel to the tourism sector and satisfy its electorate, says Gallego.
In this context, the sector makes a moderately positive balance of the summer that has now ended. The figures, according to Hosbec, are better than expected before the campaign began. Based on these data, occupancy in hotels on the coast in Castelln was around 65% in June and July, which is about twenty points less than in the same months of 2019, before the pandemic. Instead, the figures in August they were around 85% when two years ago they were between 90-95%.
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