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The 10 Cities That Charge the Highest Tourist Taxes in the World (and 5 Are in the U.S.)

The 10 Cities That Charge the Highest Tourist Taxes in the World (and 5 Are in the U.S.)

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American cities take the first three spots.

The tiny Asian country of Bhutan—that has been closed off for more than two years—recently announced a hike in its tourist tax. When the borders open this month, tourists will have to pay $200 per person per day, a huge increase from the $65 it used to charge earlier.  Tourist taxes are becoming the norm around the world, and cities like London are thinking about introducing them. Many destinations are also upping the dollars to avoid overtourism and help the economy recover after the pandemic. Travelers pay the taxes in multiple ways: as occupancy/stay charge in the U.S. and Europe when you book hotels ( a flat fee or a percent of the hotel charge), the sayonara tax in Japan when you leave, and entry fee in Venice (which will be implemented in 2023). A new study by money.co.uk has analyzed tourist taxes around the world and came up with this list of cities that charge the most. It turns out that three cities in the U.S. take the top three spots, with Honolulu coming first with a hefty tax.

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