Turkey adopts accommodation tax law despite objections

Turkish Parliament on Thursday passed a law that levies accommodation taxes based on the type of the business despite objections from hoteliers, T24 news site reported.

Visitors would be charged on a per person basis, with the costs determined by how many stars the hotel has, from 6 liras ($1) to 18 liras per night.

Mid-tier hoteliers earlier said the new law would damage domestic tourism since the tax rates mentioned amount to some 30 percent of the daily rate for hostels and three-star hotels, which serve the majority of Turkish customers.

Alp Özel, a hotelier and member of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the southern resort of Antalya, said authorities should charge every foreign tourist $2-3 instead.