The business site against the tourist tax of Puig and Oltra exceeds 1,600 entries in one day

The website promoted by the tourism sector of the Valencian Community ‘No to the tourist tax’, a tax to tax overnight stays in tourist accommodation whose implementation is finalized by the Valencian government presided over by the socialist Ximo Puig with Compromís and Podemos, exceeded the first thing in the morning this morning the 1,600 signatures in favor of its manifesto against, precisely, this rate. Hoteliers, hoteliers, companies, political parties but also individuals are turning to prevent the new tax from prospering.

The tourist tax was “resurrected” a few months ago by Mónica Oltra, first vice-president of the Generalitat Valenciana and Héctor Illueca (Podemos) second vice-president. It was the same day that Puig was in Sevilla. It turns out that only two Spanish communities have implemented it: Catalonia and the Balearic Islands. If the Valencian Community does this, it will become the tax of what the Valencian left calls “the Catalan countries”.

Puig ended up compromising with the tourist tax on the eve of the approval of the Valencian regional budgets for 2022. The approach that the partners of the Valencian government are currently working on (PSOE, Compromís and Podemos), is that of a council municipal and voluntary. tax. . Something that the mayors of 3 of the 4 cities with the greatest tourist push in the Valencian Community have already rejected: Alicante, Benidorm and Torrevieja, all governed by the PP, but that the town hall of Valencia, with Compromís and PSOE in government, yes he is clearly determined to accept.

Meanwhile, the tourist tax continues to add rejections which, unlike a few days ago, are now more patent and visible. And this, because the rejection of this rate has a platform that supports it: a website that was developed during a recent meeting of the sector with the Confederation of Companies of the Valencian Community (CEV), the organization of reference for entrepreneurs in the Valencian territory. .

The new web platform has five tabs: the homepage or homepage defines the purpose of the page (and not the tourist rate in the Valencian Community). A second explains the reasons for signing the sector’s manifesto against the tourist tax and that there are essentially two of them: the first that the sector puts forward is that European funds cover all financing needs. Therefore, sustainability, quality, innovation and digital transformation already have guaranteed funding in the Next Generation funds, of the European Union, for which they consider that an increase in taxes is not necessary, this which would, they say, hamper the competitiveness of the sector.

Moreover, they argue that hotels in the Valencian Community have lost between 50 and 70% of their turnover in the last two yearsthose of the pandemic, and that it is 10% lower than the national average in terms of tourist profitability.

The manifesto delves into these reasons and issues a serious warning to the city of Valencia, governed by a mayor, Joan Ribó (Compromís), who has come to ask for the approval of this rate to impose it on the municipality. The tourism sector manifesto warns that in the case of Valencia, this city would see its strategy of becoming the top urban destination in terms of income jeopardized, “clearly losing positions to its competitors”.

Then the call to action appears, with a “Yes, I want to sign”, which gives access to a simple questionnaire in which the name of the signatory, the position, the company to which he belongs and the possibility of include a simple message explaining why you are joining this initiative. The site ends with two lists: one of the signatory companies. Another, individuals who sign: an exercise in transparency that allows you to have a very real perspective on the support collected.

The Business Confederation of the Valencian Community (CEV) has joined the initiative, along with dozens of companies. In addition, the political parties and the president of the Diputación de Alicante and the Valencian PP Carlos Mazón have done so, as well as the general secretary María José Catalá and her three provincial presidents. One of them, Toni Pérez (Alicante) is also mayor of the tourist city par excellence: Benidorm. In the case of the CEV, this organization maintains that it is associated “with the rejection of a tax which jeopardizes the revival of the sector”. A decision that was agreed, precisely, in a meeting held with all the representatives of the tourism sector in which, as said, the launch of the aforementioned web platform was conceived.

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