Most travelers do not travel frequently enough to note changes in VAT taxes, but gradual increases over time lead to spiked rates that impact guests' perception of their ability to visit a particular place.
The value-added tax, also known as VAT, for French hotels nearly doubled to 10 percent in 2014 from 5.5 percent in 2011.
The current VAT of 10 percent, instituted on January 1, is still an improvement over the previous 19.6 percent VAT that the French hotel industry successfully fought to overturn in 2009.
The majority of French hotels plan to increase rates rather than eliminate positions or accept profit cuts.
According to a December survey, almost 90 percent of French hoteliers, across all price levels, plan to raise room rates to at least partially offset the increase to VAT.
Hotels on the coast of France were the most likely, 56 percent, to pass the VAT burden entirely on to customers.
“The VAT increase has to be considered in light of yield management practices, which imply permanent adjustments of prices depending on demand,” an Accor spokesperson explains.
“Direct impact cannot be identified, but we can globally say the VAT increase has only marginally impacted public rates.”
Despite the recent increase, France’s VAT for hotel accommodations is close to the European average of 10.8 percent. Its VAT rates are the same as Italy, but more than half those in Spain and the UK.
Denmark and Sweden have the highest VAT rates for hotels at 25 percent. Luxembourg’s hotels deal with the lowest VAT at 3 percent.
The reduced VAT rates for hotel throughout Europe, according to VATLive, are outlined below:
|Country||VAT Rate for Hotels||Standard VAT Rate|
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Photo credit: The sing on Hotel Europe in the small region of Alsace, France. Spiterman / Flickr