Barcelona allocates 4 million tourist tax to “offset the effects of tourism”

The City Council of Barcelona approved last week the financing of projects that “compensate the effects of tourism in the city” with 4’407 million euros collected with the tourist tax.

Speaking to reporters, the councilor for Tourism, Trade and Markets, Agustí Colom, explained that measures are being taken to “control illegal tourist flats, to manage tourism through civic agents” and actions to put in value cultural and touristic spaces of the districts.

Colom explained that the city collects about 30 million euros per year with the Tax Stays in Tourist Establishments (IEET), of which the consistory receives 50 percent and allocates some 4.5 million promotion to Turisme de Barcelona.

The City Council has indicated in a statement on Saturday that 2018 has been the first full year in which the municipal administration has managed 50 percent of the proceeds in the city, while until 2016 it received 34 percent.

The Servei d’Agents Cívics will receive the largest amount (2,500,000 euros), followed by the display of tourist accommodation (1,060,452 euros), and another part of the budget will be allocated to the districts of Les Corts, Sarrià-Sant Gervasi, Sant Andreu and Sant Martí