Barcelona has received 22 million euros from the tourist tax
The City Council of Barcelona has received 22 million euros from the tourist accommodation tax (IEET) from the beginning of the mandate in June 2015 until the end of 2018. The councilor of business and tourism of the consistory, Agustí Colom, announced that, as of January, the projects financed by this rate will carry a graphic badge “so that they are more visible among citizens and visitors”.
The aim of the City Council, according to Colom, is to finance with the money from the IEET projects that “prioritize the return to the districts and compensate the effects of tourism in the city,” reports Efe. The consistory receives 50% of the rate, while the rest is left by the Generalitat.
Last year, nine million euros were allocated to actions to improve the neighbourhoods of the city and cultural and heritage projects. Among them, 2.3 million euros went to improvement initiatives in neighbourhoods and about 830,000 euros were devoted to projects related to heritage and culture.
Among the projects financed, there is the reinforcement of the regular bus lines D20, V15 and 59 to respond to the increase in mobility on the beaches between May and September. In addition, the visualization service has been financed to fight against illegal accommodation, the conviviality plan of Ciutat Vella, the plan of places of Gràcia, the reorganization of Plaça Catalunya, the remodeling of the Pau Vila square or the service of civic agents for the regulation of spaces of great influx of tourists, such as Sagrada Família or Ciutat Vella.
Likewise, the project of the Water House in Trinitat Nova (Nou Barris), the guided visits to Sants, Hostafrancs and La Bordeta in the district of Sants Montjuïc, the restoration of the murals of the chapel of Sant Miquel del Monasterio has been enhanced of Santa Maria de Pedralbes, or the activities of Sónar Kids in Nou Barris.