Es­to­nian re­sort city hopes to cover air­port ex­penses with tourism tax

Baltic News Network - - News -

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Latvia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.