It seems the inevitable is finally happening. For many months there have been rumours amongst us operators that Gubbio our local council will be implementing a ‘tassa di soggiorno’ or tourist tax. I read both on the official website of the Comune di Gubbio and the Confcommercio della Provincia di Perugia that the tax will be implemented to all visitors staying from 1st September 2015. An extract from the pages of the Comune di Gubbio website;
Needless to say I like the Confcommercio am completely against this tax, but am powerless to stop it. Of course no official notification from the Comune di Gubbio has been received, either confirming or denying the tax, or explaining how much it will be or even when it is implemented it will be collected. My guess is that it will be another bureaucratic excercise and yet more endless form filling.
I am alarmed that the ‘justification’ for this tax is that every resident in the comune is suffering and why should the visitors not make their share, and there is the more idealistic arguement that the tax will augment the services the comune offers to tourists… Not to alarm anybody but rumour has it that we are talking of one euro per person per night to a maximum of five nights. Perhaps even in these straitened times in the global cost of a holiday fifty euro is not a huge sum, but itf it is as I am sure will be the case that the revenue ends up maintaining hugely inefficient bureaucracy and not showing real improvements in services and quality of visitor experiences it can only have a negative effect on the industry that only last year the comune heralded as ‘the saviour of Gubbio’