Rome Plans Hotel Guest Tax

10th June 2010 (Last Updated June 10th, 2010 18:30)

Italian capital Rome has unveiled plans to levy a hotel tax on nine million visitors as part of a revenue-raising measure. The government proposed the tax to help control Italy's €9.6bn debt, according to Bloomberg. The levy of €10 per night at five-star hotels is

Italian capital Rome has unveiled plans to levy a hotel tax on nine million visitors as part of a revenue-raising measure.

The government proposed the tax to help control Italy’s €9.6bn debt, according to Bloomberg.

The levy of €10 per night at five-star hotels is expected to raise about €100m for the city.

Italy’s hotel trade lobby Federalberghi has urged the government to drop the plan while consumer group ADOC said the tax will cut visitors by 5% and reduce tourism revenue by €70m.