Kiev has decided to cash in on tourists

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In Kiev 2019 introduced daily tourist tax for guests of hostels, hotels, flats and apartments. About it informs “News of Ukraine”.

The head of tourism and promotion of the Kyiv city state administration (KCSA) Anton Taranenko told me that the fee has not yet been agreed. It is expected that the amount will be tied to wages. For domestic tourists it will be 0.5 percent of income, while for foreigners and 5 per cent.

According to Taranenko, the amount of the fee must be calculated on the basis of the cost of accommodation. “Because five percent, for example, for hostels with a price per night 250 UAH is much. For a five star hotel, you need to determine the rate based on the average cost of living per day”, — he explained.

However, innovation was not shared by all. Vice-President of the Ukrainian youth hostel Association Elena Ivashchenko sure it will have a negative impact on the industry.

From 1 January 2019 Turkey imposed a tax on safety for tourists. It is 1.5 euros and will be charged to tourists upon arrival in the country. Initially the authorities planned to set the price two times mentioned above, however, the Association of travel agencies TURSAB of Turkey, insisted on the fee reduction.

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