Lofoten Islands want to introduce tourism tax

Norwegian Lofoten Islands authorities want tourists to pay for the privilege of visiting their islands. Here’s what you need to know about tourism tax proposals:

Tourists flock to the Lofoten Islands for breathtaking views and hiking opportunities. Many people spend a lot of money while they are there, but they leave more financial benefits.

In the last 10 years Lofoten Islands were overwhelmed.. Parking is valuable and unfamiliar tourists often put their cars in the wrong places, causing problems for the locals.

When tourists leave, they leave damaged hiking trails and even increase trash and human dung.

It causes a big problem for the municipality Lofoten Islands.. Very few people live there, so their budget is small. But they have to deal with the impact of a huge number of tourists. Mathematics simply doesn’t add up.

Return to proceedings Tourism tax

Local governments now want to find a way to charge tourists for a visit to the area. This is a common practice in many European vacation hotspots, but not in Norway.

Hikers praising the Lofoten Islands in northern Norway
Hikers admire the landscape of the Lofoten Islands.

This is not the first time a tourism price has been proposed.The Norwegian government has such a plan UNESCO World Heritage Site West Norwegian fjordCovers Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord.

“At the Lofoten Islands, we have been working for a long time to make such a contribution,” says Line Renate Samuelsen. Told to NRK.. She works as a tourism director at Destination Lofoten.

Tourism tax system

She wants the Lofoten Islands to be part of a government pilot along with the fjord region. Many overseas tourism tax programs require accommodation providers to collect fees, and many Norway oppose such a process.

The Lofoten boss suggests something else instead. They want to scan the license plates of every car coming into the area and issue an invoice based on it. The fare for public transport tickets is also taken into account in order to collect the fare from anyone other than the driver.

Lofoten Islands tourist route sign.
Sightseeing route in the Lofoten Islands.

Samuelsen added that locals and important transportation would be exempt from such charges. Income is managed locally by a local fund and there are clear guidelines on how to use the money.

Not a contract

Not everyone in the tourism industry supports such a concept. The Norwegian Hospitality Association (NHO Reiseliv) is the largest employer and trading organization in the Norwegian hospitality sector. They are more aggressive in taxing pollution, including cars and cruise ships.

“A good solution is to fund the need for parking spaces, refurbishments, and toilets, for example, using user fees from the parking lot. These are the solutions that exist today,” said Kristin Krohn Devold of NHO Reiseliv. I am.

She is also uncertain whether Destination Lofoten could introduce such a tourism tax: “Ministry of Transport and Communications and the Government to Determine What Is Taxed Legally”.

The ministry confirmed that it sees tourism tax pilots as a top priority. Many destinations, including the Lofoten Islands, have been applied for inclusion in the program. However, no decision has been made yet. Lofoten Islands want to introduce tourism tax

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