France, the leading tourist destination worldwide, receiving 83 million inbound arrivals in 2012 introduces new hotel taxes.
French lawmakers passed a tourist tax that would rise by more than five times the hotel taxes paid by tourists.
The proposed tax hike on hotel stays in France of more than five times the current rate has been slammed by ministers who fear it will deter tourists planning to visit the country.
If confirmed by the Senate, they could force tourists to spend up to eight euros per night in hotel taxes, instead of 1.50 euros currently, with the price rising with the hotel category. Another increase adds two more euros for Paris region hotels to pay for transport improvements.