LJUBLJANA (Slovenia), November 17 (SeeNews) - Slovenia's government said it has adopted a draft bill aimed to encourage development of tourism at the national level.
The draft provides for a more systematic financing of promotion of Slovenia abroad, and simplifies the performing of certain tourism-related activities and occupations, the government said in a statement following its session on Thursday.
The bill caps tourist tax at 2.5 euro ($2.9) per person per day and introduces a tourism promotion tax equal to 25% of levied tourist tax.
The government noted it expects tourism promotion tax to provide around 4.7 million euro in additional funding annually to the Slovenian Tourist Board, which remains in charge of marketing and promoting Slovenia’s comprehensive tourism product.
Additional funding in an estimated total amount of 6.9 million euro will also go to municipalities for tourism development each year, the government added.
According to the World Travel&Tourism Council, Slovenia’s tourism and travel industry contributed 1.4 billion euro directly to the country's economy in 2016, equivalent to 3.5% of its gross domestic product (GDP).