Croatia holidaymakers will be charged a higher tourist tax on all accommodation from next year.

The decision, announced by the Croatian government today, sees the tax – paid per person per night – raised by approximately 25 per cent.

The only type of tourist accommodation exempt from the change is campsites.

The higher tourist tax will only apply during peak season, however.

Under the government’s decision, the tourist tax will increase from 8 kuna (96p) to 10 kuna (£1.20) per person per night. 

Tourist accommodation tax is also known as Sojourn Tax in Croatia, according to the European Tour Operators Association.

Visitors aged 18 or over face a tax which varies by town or municipality and season. 

Children under the age of 12 are exempt from paying the tax.

There is a 50 per cent discount for those between the ages of 12 and 18.

However, despite this surge in charges, tourism tax in Croatia remains low. 

“Even with the proposed increase, Croatia still has the lowest tourist tax of all its peers,” said Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli.

In Spain, tourist taxes range between €0.45 and €2.50 (40p and £2.23) while in Italy they vary between €0.20 and €7 (18p and £6.23).

In Portugal, the tourist taxes are between €1 and €2 (89p and £1.78) and in Greece, between €0.50 and €4 (45p and £3.56).

Last year the Croatian National Tourism Board collected 464 million kuna (£56 million) in tourist taxes, according to Croatian news site

Last month, the Caribbean island of Barbados introduced a new tourist tax that could see visitors charged an additional £210 for their holiday when staying in a hotel.

The tourist tax costs between $2.50 (£1.90) and $10 (£7.55) per room per night.

Another fee is being introduced later in the year which will make a luxury holiday to the island even more expensive.

On 1 October, an “airline travel and tourism development fee” will be charged to visitors who fly back to the UK.

It will cost $70 dollars (£53) per person, introduced by new prime minister Mia Mottley.

New Zealand has also announced it will impose a tourist tax, that will begin in mid-2019. 


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