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Tourism weight in economy increases 47% in eight years

According to data from the National Statistics Institute (INE), holidaymakers spent more than €23 billion in Portugal in 2016. Over 28 million visitors entered the country. The number of overnight stays exceeded 144 million. Tourism is growing four times faster than the rest of the Portuguese economy and represents 7% of the gross domestic product.

Porto to apply €2 tourist tax

Porto city council approved today a tourist tax of two euros per night for all guests over the age of 13 beginning 01 March 2018. In announcing the new levy, Mayor Rui Moreira said that, in order to ensure Porto’s place as a sustainable tourist destination, holidaymakers must participate in the running costs of the municipality, given the wear and tear inherent in the tourist footprint.

Lisbon and Porto among the most popular European tourist destinations

Lisbon was the fifth most popular destination for European holidaymakers in 2017, registering a 17% jump when compared to the year before. Porto came in ninth place, 12% above 2016. Registering a 24% increase, London was the first choice for European tourists, followed by Barcelona, Mallorca and Paris.

“AL” prices up in 2016

Prices for Local Lodging (“AL”) rose in the historic centres of Lisbon and Oporto during the first half of 2016 according to the “Confidencial Imobiliário Index”. The average cost of “AL” accommodations increased by 4.6% in the historic districts of Lisbon and 0.3% in the centre of Porto.

AirBnB delivers €5 million in Tourist Tax

Airbnb announced that, since 01 May 2016, it has already delivered almost five million euros to the City de Lisbon from the collection of levies on holidaymakers. To date in 2017, the amount collected has been €3,100,000. Airbnb is the only internet hosting platform to collect the Tourist Tax (one euro per night per person) on behalf of the Lisbon City Council.

Local Lodging to be exempt from Social Security

Beginning in 2018, taxpayers with earnings exclusively from Local Lodging (Category B) will be exempt from SS contributions. Those who accumulate salaried income with self-employment earnings from “AL” will only be excused from monthly Social Security payments on their green receipts below a gross of €2,450 per month. Any excess shall be assessed at the rate of 21.4%. The measure is expected to encourage “AL” compliance which has already quadrupled over the past three years.

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