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Parliamentary questions
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5 March 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Marco Campomenosi, Paolo Borchia, Lucia Vuolo, Massimo Casanova
 Subject: The ‘free tour’ phenomenon

In several European cities, so-called free tours have become popular. These are proper guided tours of the city (1) , which advertise themselves as being free of charge, but which then warmly recommend payment in cash, in the form of a tip.

This trend, often encouraged by international platforms such as Air B&B, Uber, TripAdvisor, etc, is actually introducing onto the market individuals with no official certification or vocational qualifications at all.

The large-scale use of ‘free tours’, therefore, not only raises considerable doubts with regard to tourist safety, but is also liable to cause quite significant damage to the national revenue in terms of social security contributions and taxes.

In view of this worrying trend, will the Commission develop a legal framework to regulate this type of business?

How does it intend to protect fair competition in the tourist guide sector, ensuring that those working in the ‘sharing economy’ are subject to the same rules and the same levels of taxation?


Original language of question: IT
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