“It is truly shameful that there is such great resistance on the part of operators to pay this tourist tax,” said Carlos Moedas, referring to cruise tourism in Lisbon.
At the meeting of the Lisbon Municipal Assembly, to present and respond to the work of the municipal executive between September and October, the mayor was questioned by PS deputy Simonetta Luz Afonso about charging tourist tax to cruise passengers.
In response, the mayor said that it is “a common struggle for everyone” for cruise ships to pay the tourist tax of two euros per night, indicating that the annual amount to be raised will be around one million euros.
“As of January, I have already announced that, if [cruise operators] don't do it, I will do what I have in my power, which is to make entry somewhat difficult. I can't go out there and take money from people, obviously, that wouldn't make sense. I can hinder the mobility of the buses themselves and I will do so if they don't pay”, declared Carlos Moedas.
In the city of Lisbon, the tourist tax began to be applied in January 2016 on overnight stays by national tourists (including Lisbon residents) and foreigners in hotels or local accommodation units. Initially, it was one euro per night, but in January 2019 it increased to two euros.
Regarding the electrification of the Lisbon Cruise Terminal, to minimise pollution caused by maritime transport, the social democrat indicated that the municipality is collaborating with the Government and explained that the process takes time because there are many institutions around the table.
PS deputy Simonetta Luz Afonso also asked about mobility, social action, culture, education and housing, concluding the intervention with words of support for Carlos Moedas: “We believe in your commitment and that of your team, shared with us [PS] in favor of our Lisbon”.
“The Socialist Party, like your excellency, Mr. President, wants an inclusive, multicultural, cosmopolitan and supportive Lisbon, and as a responsible opposition we will present viable and consistent alternatives that respect democratic rules and institutions and contribute to a common objective, which is a better city for everyone”, said Simonetta Luz Afonso.