The Paris Olympics comes with a 100% Tourist Tax Increase

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Visitors to the Olympics in Paris are becoming the cash cow for Paris with an 100% tax increase for tourists.

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Tourist tax increases in Amsterdam and Paris make both destinations more expensive. The tax increase in Amsterdam is 12.5% in Paris up to 100%.

Paris 2024 will host the XXXIII Olympic Summer Games, from 26 July to 11 August this year. The 100% tax increase is timed to hit its peak for the 11 million expected visitors.

The standard Paris taxe de séjour (overnight tax) has increased by 10% from 1 January 2024 compared to 2023, more or less tracking recent inflation.

However, a new legal provision published on 29th December (Article 140 of the Finance Bill 2024) allows up to 200% surcharge on one element of the tax in favor of Paris regional transport.

This affects all municipalities in the Île-de-France region that impose an overnight tax.

The increase, which went into effect on Jan. 1, charges travelers up to nearly 200 percent more in nightly tax to stay in 2024. The tax increase varies based on the type of accommodation. 

The tourism development agency of France, Atout France, has confirmed that the nightly tax for staying in 2024 has been increased, starting from January 1. Travelers will now be charged up to almost 200 percent more, with the exact increase depending on the type of accommodation.

The biggest rise is seen in the charges for people staying at palaces. These tourists will now be required to pay a nightly tax of €14.95 ($16.38), which is a 199 percent increase from the 2023 rate of €5 ($5.48). Guests staying in 5-star accommodations will have to pay a nightly rate of €10.73 ($11.75), marking a 186 percent increase from the 2023 rate of €3.75 ($4.11). Travelers in 4-star hotels will now have to pay a new rate of €8.13 ($8.91), which is a 182 percent increase from the 2023 rate of €2.88 ($3.15).

Guests occupying accommodations such as 1-star hotels, holiday villages, guest rooms, or hostels will experience a relatively moderate rise in fees, as the new charge will be €2.60 ($2.85), in contrast to the previous rate of €1 ($1.10) in 2023.

Hotel rates in Paris have significantly increased in anticipation of the upcoming Olympic games, with prices averaging over 300% higher than usual for this summer. The city is preparing for a staggering number of visitors, estimated to exceed 11 million, as the event commences on July 26.

The surcharge was enabled by a national parliamentary budget voted through on 21st December and published on 29th December 2023.

The European Tourism Association (ETOA) had no notice of this exceptional move and is grateful to those members who brought the issue to our attention.

WHAT TO TAKE AWAY FROM THIS ARTICLE:

  • However, a new legal provision published on 29th December (Article 140 of the Finance Bill 2024) allows up to 200% surcharge on one element of the tax in favor of Paris regional transport.
  • The city is preparing for a staggering number of visitors, estimated to exceed 11 million, as the event commences on July 26.
  • Guests occupying accommodations such as 1-star hotels, holiday villages, guest rooms, or hostels will experience a relatively moderate rise in fees, as the new charge will be €2.

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Juergen T Steinmetz

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1977).
He founded eTurboNews in 1999 as the first online newsletter for the global travel tourism industry.

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