Cities in the world with the most expensive tourist taxes up to $50 per night
According to a recent study by Money.co.uk, writer James Andrews investigated tourist tax rates around the world. Although not all cities and countries charge this tax, some places add a flat fee or some add a certain percentage to your hotel bill.
The top five, in order, included: Honolulu, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Amsterdam and Orlando, while others in Mexico, Oman and Thailand round out the top 10.
In addition to the 10.25% Transient Lodging Tax (TOT) charged in Hawaii, Honolulu recently added a 3% surcharge. Factoring in average hotel charges, this equates to an additional tax of $51.70 per night.
In San Francisco, TOT 14% on stays less than 30 days and based on average hotel costs per nightthe resort tax is $29.61 per night.
Los Angeles comes third as their TOT is currently 12% of your room rate per nightwhich comes to about $23.49 on average.
In Europe, Amsterdam is the city with the most expensive tourist tax, with an overnight tax of $11.53. Orlando, which rounds out the top five, charges a 6% “sales and resort tax” or $11.60 per night on average.
Brussels, Berlin, Florence follow Amsterdam as the cities that charge the highest tourist tax in Europe while the countries with the highest flat rate tourist tax are Mexico, Thailand, Belgium, Japan and Europe. ‘Italy.
As part of the new European Travel Information and Authorization System (or ETIAS), Europe plans to introduce a €7 tax from May 2023. From January 16, 2023, Venice will charge day-trippers a tax of 3 euros to 10 euros per person.