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Why is France creating such a mess in one of its chief industries, just days before the summer holidays?

This is not the best way to make our dear visitors feel warmly welcome in Paris. Last Wednesday, June 25, French lawmakers passed a tourist tax that would raise by more than five times the hotel taxes paid by visitors when visiting France.

The new taxes would cost tourists up to eigh euros a night in hotel taxes. The price would change depending on the hotel category. Keep in mind the current rate is 1.5 euro.

In Paris, the prices would be even higher. Guests would pay an additional two euros a night, to fund local transportation improvements. The measure, which would start on September, should help raise close to 140 million euros a year. The Senate needs to confirm these taxes.

It was then no surprises when French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius condemned this weekend the plan, complaining it could dampen tourism in an economy that’s already sputtering, says AFP. In a statement on Sunday June 29, Fabius said the increases are «dangerous and totally contrary to the promotion of tourism. The decision was taken without consulting the industry».

Furthermore, the World Economic Forum just placed France bottom of its league table of value for money in tourism.

According to AP, tourism contributed about 7% to France’s total GDP in 2012. France was the leading tourist destination worldwide, receiving 83 million inbound arrivals in 2012.

Now we’re hoping for our tourists these taxes will get scrapped soon.

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