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Tourist tax: Many holiday locations have started to ask tourists to pay a tourist tax. We discuss the pros and cons of tourist taxes.

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Tourist tax

Tourist tax: 많은 관광지에서 관광객을 대상으로 한 세금을 도입했습니다. 관광객 세금의 장단점을 얘기해봅시다.


Which is the world’s most-visited country?

a) USA
b) France
c) China

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안녕하세요? English Together에 오신 것을 환영합니다. 저희 프로그램에서는 최신 주제에 대해 얘기해보고 관련 표현을 알려드리고 있습니다. 저는 손보람입니다. 오늘은 Rob과 Tom함께 할게요.

Hi! Yes, I’m Rob. Hello!

And hi everybody, I’m Tom! Thanks for joining us today!

오늘은 관광산업의 영향에 대해 얘기해 볼건데요. Tom, Rob, where would you like to go on holiday?

I think Spain.

No! It’s got to be New Zealand.

아, 두나라 모두 tourist tax관광객 세금을 도입한 곳이군요.

A tax? What! Why’s that?

곧 알게 되실거에요. 일단 오늘의 질문부터 드릴게요. U.N 세계관광기구에 따르면 세계에서 가장 관광객이 많이 방문하는 국가는 어디일까요?

a) U.S.A. 미국
b) France 프랑스
c) China 중국

Well, I bet none of those countries levy any taxes on their guests!

To levy tax 세금을 부과하다..라는 뜻이죠. I think the idea of the levy is to provide more funds to regulate the effects of tourism. 관광업이 수반하는 문제를 해결하려는 목적인 것 같아요.

Ah! Tourism, or overtourism?

Good question! Overtourism은 과잉관광이라는 뜻으로 지역 규모에 비해 과도한 수의 관광객이 몰리는 것을 말하는데요. You and Yours의 뉴스 일부분을 들어보도록 하겠습니다. 에딘버러 의회 대변인이 인터뷰 한 내용인데요. 관광객 수 증가로 인해 어떤 부담을 갖게 되었는지 한 번 들어보세요.

The Edinburgh festival is expected to draw in nearly half a million visitors. Council leaders in Edinburgh say it puts enormous pressure on some council services such as waste collection and street cleaning and they want to tax visitors to help meet the cost. Here's council leader Adam McVey.

The number of people coming to Edinburgh is growing consistently year on year. That's a fantastic thing for our city; it makes us a vibrant, exciting place to visit. I think, for about the price of a cup of coffee at the end of your hotel stay, I think that will be worth it not just for the industry but for the tourists themselves.

OK, I can see that overtourism might cause problems with waste collection and street cleaning and all that stuff. But tourists spend a lot of money! Councils already benefit from tourism!

Ah, but do they? Tourist money goes to hotels and restaurants and I’m not sure the council is the direct beneficiary here.

A beneficiary 수혜자..라는 뜻입니다. 보통, 관광객들은 어딜가도 비싼물가를 만나게 되죠. 

Exactly! So why do we need to be subjected to being charged even more by opportunistic councils!

Subject to 어떤 행동에 영향을 받기 쉬운..이라는 뜻인데요. Subjected to는 다릅니다. 어떤 행동의 직접정인 대상이 된다는 뜻인데요. ~를 당하다..라는 의미로 해석하시면 됩니다.  보통 부정적인 의미로 쓰죠.

Yes thank you. And, note the pronunciation – tourists are subject to increased prices, but don’t need to be subjected to opportunistic practices.

Opportunistic 기회주의적인..이라는 뜻입니다. Do you think it’s opportunistic, Rob?

I don’t think it’s opportunism, really. Tourism is obviously having a detrimental effect on these places.

A detrimental effect 해로운 영향…이라는 뜻이죠.

Well, I actually think that this tourist tax will be to the detriment of the countries themselves. Tourists already pay a lot and they won’t want to pay more. If governments ask them to keep paying, they’ll just go somewhere else. Especially if they feel that local people and local councils resent them being in their city or their country!

To resent 분하게 생각하다..라는 뜻인데요. Perhaps there’s a lot of resentment around this issue...

Exactly! Tourists will feel resentful at being subjected to this tax! What’s the answer to today’s quiz? I bet they don’t have tourist tax!

아마 관광객에게 가장 인기많은 국가는 프랑스가 아닐까 싶은데요. . But, it does levy a tax! 아주 적은 수준의 세금이긴 하지만 말이에요.

Do you know anywhere that doesn’t levy this ridiculous tax?

그리스는 관광객 세금이 없는 것 같아요. 한국도 그렇고요.

Great! I’m going there for a nice, resentment-free holiday.

And I’ll go to France thanks to its nice, responsible tourist tax!

두분은 아마 계속 저렇게 의견이 다를 것 같네요. 여러분은 어떠세요? 오늘 배운 단어 정리해볼게요. Tourist tax 관광객 세금, levy 부과하다 overtourism 과잉관광, to be subjected to ~을 당하다, opportunistic 기회주의적인, a detrimental effect 해로운 영향, resentment 분노. 오늘도 함께해주셔서 감사합니다. 다음시간에 또 만나요. 바이!

Meaning & Use

to levy

To levy is a verb we often use when talking about tax. It means ‘to impose’, or ‘to make somebody pay’.

  • The government is planning to levy a new tax on companies.

It can also be used as a noun. A levy is the act of imposing/levying a tax or fee.

  • Although companies object, the government promise that the levy is necessary to pay for infrastructure.

subjected to

If we say that people are subject to something, like tax, it means that they can possibly be affected by something.

  • Everyone who works in this country is subject to its laws.

However, if people are subjected to something, this has a stronger effect. It suggests that people are being directly affected by something. It is often used in negative situations.

  • Passengers complained about being subjected to long delays at the airport.

a detrimental effect

If something is detrimental, it harms or damages something else. It is usually followed by ‘to’.

  • Smoking can be detrimental to your health.

A detrimental effect is a harmful or damaging effect. It is usually followed by ‘on’.

  • Smoking can have a detrimental effect on your health.

We can also use the noun, detriment.

  • The boss is overly involved with her career, to the detriment of her married life.
  • Overwork is a detriment to healthy relationships.

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Session Vocabulary

  • tourist tax
    관광객 세금



    to be subjected to
    ~을 당하다


    a detrimental effect
    해로운 영향