The biggest part of tourist cities in Brazil and in the whole world are charging a tourist tax, which is nothing less than a charge paid by tourists while entering the place which is used for the envelopment of the place.
In Morro de São Paulo the tourist tax in the amount of R$6,50 became valid in January of 2007 under the Law “Lei Municipal nº. 219/07”.
The tax is individual and charged on time at the moment of entering the place.
At the act of payment is raised a receipt in duplicate, serving one for administration and the other stays with the tourist.
Natives from the region with residential prove, children under 5 years and adults over 65 years are liberated from the charge.
The use of the money is controlled by the “Conselho de Administração Participativa (CAP)” which is formed by representatives from the different touristic sectors of Morro de São Paulo, like, hotels, bars, restaurants and tourist agencies which all together work for the better development of the place.
According to the information of the Tourists Secretary, Petrusca Mello, the gains in 2007 have been R$ 43.322,00 for month and in 2008 R$ 44.181,00.
The priority is in the educational area, with 25% and the health with 15%, like any official charge has to be divided. The rest is used to reinforce public security and scavengery of Morro de São Paulo.
First just charged at the local harbor, since 24.01.2008 the tourist tax is charged at the airports as well.
In February this year the tax changed to the administration of ASTRAM (Association of Sea Transportation) at the counter at the harbor of Morro de São Paulo an two more: one at the Ponta do Curral and another in Valença. In change of this, Astram makes reforms at the harbor for the best service possible for the tourists arriving at the island directly via Valença or via Salvador.