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Local Lodging beds surpass hotels


The number of beds offered in 2017 under Local Lodging in Portugal accounted for 56% of the total. Hotels made up the remaining 44%, according to an analysis by the Association of Hospitality of Portugal (AHP).

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.

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.

No changes in Local Lodging law before the end of 2017

With all political parties submitting their own proposals, the parliamentary calendar will only consider changes to the law governing of local lodging next year. The ruling Socialist Party wants to make permission dependent on the approval of neighbors in condominiums.

Forced tax collection to reach €1,100 million in 2017

Forced tax collection should allow the AT (Tax Office) to collect 1,100 million euros throughout 2017. To reach this aim, the “AT” is reinforcing automatisms and computer applications in order to be able to monitor more effectively the progress of processing tax debts. This represents a decrease from previous years since overdue taxes have also diminished.

Cascais implements 1€ Tourist Tax

Cascais began charging a Tourist Tax of €1.00 per night as of 01 February 2017. The City Council estimates a minimum first year income of €1.2 million. Initially the proposed charge was to be €1.50, but the final levy was set at €1.00 per night, up to a maximum of five nights.

Prospects for Local Lodging in 2017

Excess competition coupled with controversies surrounding Local Lodging are beginning to affect prices and occupancy rates. While registrations were still up in 2016, the pace has diminished substantially which slowed from 200% in 2015 to just 8% last year.

IMI Supplement to be aggravated

The Rates Supplement (AIMI) will be aggravated to 7.5% for properties registered in offshore companies. The measure is integrated with other changes to the State Budget for 2017. This alteration, together with other modifications to AIMI as well as lower than expected inflation, is intended to help pay for an extra €6 increase in basis pensions, as demanded by the coalition of left-wing parties.

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