The other day a proposal of the City Committee of the Italian capital of Rome to amend the legislation that most directly affect travelers was officially approved (act number 122 of 2010). The new law includes a tax on the use of tourist services for travelers living in hotels and apartments in Rome, which will take effect since the beginning of 2011.
According to the authorities of Rome, the new tax is only a reasonable fee, which travels pay for the usage of the infrastructure of the Eternal City, which will come to the city budget and will provide a higher level of tourist service.
The new tax will take effect in the territory of Rome from January 1, 2011 and will apply to all tourists staying in accommodation facilities of the city such as hotels, apartments, town houses, manor houses, motels, campgrounds, etc.
According to preliminary data, the new fee will not be included in the price of tour packages offered by tour operators, and will be paid by tourists on their own, regardless of prior reservations.
The tax will be levied from tourists when departing from the hotel. The new fee will affect also the staff of travel agencies, accompanying groups and free visitors, such as group leaders, drivers, guides and other employees. The exception was made for the low-cost student hostel guests and children under 2 years old.
The cost of the new fee will vary depending on the stars of the hotel and the duration of stay in Rome. So, the cost of the tax when staying at the camp in Rome is 2 euros per night (no more than 10 days). Tourists, who prefer agro tourism, will be forced to pay a tax equal to 2 euros per night (no more than 10 nights).
The cost of BB in Rome will be increased for 2 euros per night (no more than 10 nights) at the expense of a new tax. Guests of the apartments, town houses and hotels of 1,2 and 3 stars would be taxed for 2 euros per night (no more than 10 nights).
The highest tax rates are set for the tourists, who prefer to stay at luxury hotels in Rome. So, the cost of the tax for 4 and 5 star hotels will be 3 euros per night (no more than 10 nights).
According to the Rome City Council, the procedure of tax collection is not completed in full and may be subjected to minor changes.