The government of Baja California Sur will implement the Fund for a Sustainable Baja California Sur to better provide support for important initiatives needed to strengthen security, health, housing, employment, culture and infrastructure statewide.
Other popular tourist destinations have also adopted some form of tourism tax over the years, in order to combat some of the negative effects of overtourism. As more and more people decide to travel to well-known destinations, the influx of visitors can take a toll on the local infrastructure and social services in the area. Problems arise, such as traffic congestion, damage to natural habitats, and disruption of the local landmarks.
Venice has instituted a tourism tax for day-trippers to help curtail the impact visitors have on the local environment and social services. Countries like Spain and Italy, which draw huge numbers of international visitors every year, also charge a tourism tax. And Amsterdam, which already had one of the highest tourism tax rates in Europe, recently added an additional levy of $3 per person per night for visitors staying at a hotel.
The Baja California Sur government expects to raise at least 490 million pesos (US$25.6 million) annually for the fund, which the government says will be used for infrastructure and social services.
Via TravelMarketReport by Daine Taylor / November 05, 2019