More and more destinations around the world are introducing tourist taxes and there is a large number of European countries and cities that have started implementing it. It usually consists of a fee that applies per person and per night. The tourist tax is payable on spot, and usually at check out from your accomodation.
In France, there is a tourist tax or "Taxe de Séjour", which is charged per person, per night and varies according to the standard and quality of the accommodation.
The rates range from €0.50 to €4,10 per person, per night. The detailed price breakdown is available (in french) on the service-public.fr website. To calculate the actual tourist tax amounts due, multiply the rate applicable to each category of accommodation by the number of nights and the number of taxable persons. Children under 18 are exempt from the tax.
An additional tax can also be added by the counties and regions. For example, the Île-de-France region recently introduced an additional “Grand Paris” tax of 15%.
There is currently no Tourist taxes in England, but it could be imposed on visitors to some of the UK's leading destinations in the coming years.
There is currently no Tourist taxes in Ireland.
There is currently no Tourist taxes in Scotland, but there are undergoing discussions.
There is currently no Tourist taxes in Wales, but there are undergoing discussions.