I believe that the Minister of Culture and Tourism has seen with good eyes the idea », has dropped this Thursday the mayor of Segovia, Clara Luquero, who has insisted on the firm intention of the City Council to launch in this mandate the called 'tourist tax'. The initiative is already underway in other municipalities, which also share the recognition of Unesco World Heritage.
The plan in which the municipal government team works is to charge a fee that would be specified, although so far the statements made by their representatives indicate that it could be one or two euros, to compensate in some way «the increase in costs associated with the services provided ». The city councilor explains that this tax "usually taxes overnight stays." That is, its a traveler costs 120 euros, which is 121, which in the opinion of the Segovian mayor is a very acceptable plus on the part of the tourist, which does not entail an exaggerated disbursement.
El target is that those funds that are entered through this rate "revert directly in the cities to meet the costs associated with issues ranging from the conservation of heritage itself to the maintenance of services provided."
Between 580.000 and 1,6 millions of euros
If we take out the calculator and make the simple operation of multiplying by one or two euros the amount of overnight stays recorded last year in the Segovia lodgings, the resulting fork ranges from 850.000 to 1,6 million euros, depending on applying a another rate
This Thursday, after the usual local government meeting, the Segovian mayor has revealed that, on the occasion of the conference of mayors and presidents of Deputies held this week in Valladolid, he submitted the City Council's claim to the Minister of Culture and Tourism, Javier Ortega. "I saw him receptive," said Clara Luquero, who is pending an interview with the regional headline in which, in addition to the tourist tax, will carry other "pending proposals" that appeal to the collaboration of the regional administration, such as the future master plan for the old city of Segovia, a few years after the one of the Aqueduct was already elaborated.
However, those responsible for the Board have already expressed their opinion about the complexity involved in the proposal. To begin, being the competent administration, that tourist rate would be extended to the entire community, so there would be destinations that enjoy the same tourist demand as Segovia or its companions of the club of World Heritage Cities, which would reject this measure.
not so easy
On the other hand, if it is finally implemented, the regional government would be the custodian of that common money entered. This is where the Segovian proposal urges to look for formulas to make the collection pass to the city councils so that they are the ones who manage the amount collected. The obstacle that rises is not small. Hence, the mayor wants to meet with the Minister of Culture and Tourism to see what can be the best formula, if it is feasible, to reverse those funds entered through the tourist rate.
The hotel industry's declaration of intentions regarding the implementation of this fee has not been well suited either. Professionals believe that tourists can be pushed back when choosing an interior and cultural destination.
Another issue of cultural agenda to deal with the counselor is that of the commemorative events of the 500 Anniversary of the Communors of Castile. Clara Luquero has advanced that the program of celebrations that is designed «must reinforce the identity and look to the future, not only to the past, so that it has a national and international projection». In this sense, the municipal official adds that this development "must have the cities" involved in the expenses.