Spain holiday warning as Brits heading to Benidorm face extra costs

Spain holiday warning as Brits heading to Benidorm face extra costs


BRITS heading to Benidorm could have to fork out more for a holiday thanks to a new tourist tax.

The Valencian government is going to introduce a nightly charge from next year, adding to the cost of a Spanish holiday.

The tax will apply to tourists staying in accommodation in Spain, including hotels, rural houses, campsites and hostels.

The tax will range from 50 cents per night in campsites and hostels to €2 per night in four or five star hotels.

For a two-week holiday in Benidorm, a family of four would be forced to fork out an extra £93.

Cruise ship passengers will also be subject to the tax, regardless of whether they are staying overnight or not.

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Cruise tourists will pay €1.50 per day, however, there will be a cap on how much each person pays, according to local media.

The Valencian government will allow individual councils to decide whether or not to impose the tax, so it might not apply to all holidaymakers.

Some councils have shared their disgust at the tax, with Benidorm saying it doesn't want to impose it.

The hotel association Hosbec is calling on the Valencian government to ditch the idea, saying it gives tourists the wrong impression.

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Hosbec president Tony Mayor said: "With this tax message, a feeling is being generated that tourists are annoying and are not well received, quite the opposite of the spirit of hospitality in which we have been working."

Spain has issued an Easter holiday warning after it suffered awful storms.

Beach bar owners have said their Easter hopes have been dashed following the damage done on the back of storms over recent weeks which have caused severe damage to the buildings.

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On Wednesday, the Spanish tourist board announced unvaccinated travellers could enter the country with just a negative test – however, they were forced to U-turn as it wasn't true.

Furious Brits have been forced to cancel holiday bookings as a result of the confusion.

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