Last December, the Vilnius City Municipality voted overwhelmingly to join a host of other major European cities by introducing a one-Euro tourist tax, which each person using accommodation services will have to pay per night stayed in the city.
The tax, which comes into effect on 1 July, is expected to raise upwards of €2.28 million in its first full calendar year. The money collected from the tax will be invested back into the city’s tourism and meeting industry, infrastructure, and will also be used to market Vilnius as both a business and leisure destination.
Business travellers and meeting planners alike can expect even more accommodation options in Lithuania’s capital, with 13 new hotels (many of which will feature business and meeting centres) set to open between 2018 and 2020. Moreover, the Tourist Tax is expected to help fund the development of new direct air routes to Lithuania’s capital, making it even more accessible for business travellers from across Europe and around the world.