Estonian resort city hopes to cover airport expenses with tourism tax
Pärnu, which has been branded the summer capital of Estonia, has suggested that it could cover the operating expenses of its airport, planned to be reconstructed by Estonian government for 20 million euros, by introducing a tourism tax.
Estonian public broadcaster ERR reports citing Pärnu Postimees newspaper that following the completion of the reconstructed airport, the city of Pärnu will have to cover its operating expenses in the amount of up to 600,000 euros annually.
The city’s Mayor Romek Kosenkranius explained: «Elsewhere in the world, tourism tax is one euro per person for a night of accommodation. Currently 860,000-870,000 people annually stay overnight in Pärnu, thus the same sum could be collected in euros». Currently, however, Estonia’s Local Taxes Act does not allow imposing a tourism tax, but Kosenkranius expressed a hope that the new MPs of Estonian Riigikogu to be elected in spring 2019 will to change the law.