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French government considers again tourism as a cash cow

PARIS, France (eTN) - As the French economy is bracing for weak growth or even a recession, the government is confronted with a fall of its revenues and its inability to cut the state’s deficit.

Hotel tax vote in Venice postponed

Following scenes of protest, walkouts by certain councillors, and ultimately a lack of quorum, the debate and vote on Venice’s proposed accommodation tax was delayed on Monday evening (June 20).

European Tour Operators Association asks where hotel tax dollars will go

Various hotel associations and other representatives of the travel industry were told in a special meeting yesterday with city authorities that Florence (Italy) plans to introduce an accommodation tax

ETOA sends open letter to Rome authorities about hotel tax

European Tour Operators Association (ETOA) has sent an open letter to the Rome authorities asking them to reconsider a planned hotel tax to be introduced on January 1, 2011.

Tour operators condemn Cologne’s spontaneous culture tax

The European Tour Operators Association (ETOA) has condemned the Cologne City Council over the introduction of a new tax.

Hawaii State Senator Fred Hemmings: “My response is it’s absolute lunacy”

The House and Senate passed the law that raises the accommodations tax on tourists. On average it would mean visitors would pay about $7 dollars more in taxes every night.

Miami-Dade hotel taxes could fund tourism police

Hotel taxes would pay for new tourism police in Miami-Dade County under a proposal that has drawn the ire of hotel groups and could have law enforcement competing with baseball for the dollars.