A statement from the municipality said: “In a municipality where tourism plays a fundamental role in the economy and where growing tourist demand has led to increased pressure on equipment, municipal infrastructures, urban and natural space, this tax represents a new source of financing that, in a complementary logic, will allow improvements to be made to municipal public and private assets, the provision of public information and support services for tourists and cultural and recreational services in the city.”

The tourist tax in the municipality which is home to tourist hotspots including Praia do Carvoeiro, Ferragudo, and Porches will be €1 per night in the low season (between November 1st and March 31st) ) and €2 per night in high season (between April 1st and October 31st), up to a maximum of seven consecutive nights charged to all guests, aged 13 (thirteen) years or over.

The tax applies to those staying in tourist enterprises and local accommodation establishments, such as hotel establishments (hotels, inns, apartment hotels), tourist villages, tourist apartments, tourist complexes (resorts), residential tourism enterprises, rural tourism enterprises, parks camping and caravanning, and local accommodation (house, apartment, accommodation establishments, including hostels).

There are exemptions to the tax, including guests aged up to 12 (twelve) years old, inclusive; guests with disabilities, with a disability equal to or greater than 60%; national and foreign students who enter the University of Algarve and who use tourist resorts and local accommodation establishments at the beginning of each academic year, up to a maximum of 60 (sixty) consecutive days; guests, whose stay is motivated by treatment from a doctor, extending to a companion; and guests whose stay is the subject of a proven offer by a tourist enterprise or local accommodation establishment.

The fee is collected, as well as subsequently delivered to the Municipality of Lagoa, by tourist establishments on an electronic platform created by the municipality for this purpose.

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