The Daily Telegraph - Travel

Barcelona day-trippers face tax

- Hugh Morris

Tourists visiting Barcelona on a day trip could be made to pay a tax even if they don’t stay overnight.

The charge is the brainchild of the city council under left-wing mayor Ada Colau, who is keen to increase the return on the millions of tourists who flock to the Spanish city to see the likes of Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, the golden urban beaches and the bustling Las Ramblas.

Visitors staying in Barcelona already pay a tourist tax but the council believes a “day-tripper” tariff for travellers not staying for the night would best mitigate the impact of mass tourism. The tax might be particular­ly effective in raising revenue from cruise passengers who are currently able to dock and visit the city for less than 12 hours for free.

Other actions by Colau’s council to regulate tourism include a cap on the number of licences available for tourist accommodat­ion.

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