Berlin To Begin Taxing Tourists For Bringing Their Dog On Overnight Stays

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

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On January 1st of this year, the city of Berlin began charging a five percent tax on hotel rooms, hoping to bring in an expected €25 million a year extra for the city.  The new charge has already sparked some outrage among smaller hotels, but some new changes planned might just upset the tourists as well.

Over the weekend, city tax authorities told the Berliner Morgenpost that an additional tax will soon be instituted for dogs that are brought along for the overnight stay, with the exception of guide dogs.  The actual amount of the tax was not disclosed, but for those traveling with their pets, staying overnight in Berlin is going to continue to get more expensive.

Once the five percent tax on humans went into effect this year, most hotels just added the additional amount to the bill, but some of the smaller hotels trying to compete in the market have been reluctant to raise their prices.

 

Sources: The Local
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