Bulgaria's Varna Municipality Keeps Local Tourism Tax
The City Council of Bulgaria's Black Sea city of Varna voted Monday to keep the local tourism tax at its present level.
The councilors did not confirm their earlier move to decrease the tax by 50%, which had been disputed by the Varna Mayor, Kiril Yordanov.
Yordanov said the Municipal Administration was spending a lot on supporting the local tourism, and gave as an example the tourist information center that is fully funded by the municipality, and the local police and fire brigade in the resorts that cost the Varna budget BGN 500 000 per year.
The Mayor said the Municipality had collected BGN 1,003 M from the tourism tax so far.
Varna Municipality includes some of Bulgaria's top Black Sea resorts including Golden Sands.
The local union of hotel owners had requested that the Municipality lowered the tourism tax by at least 25%.
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