Hoteliers said the tax would send a message that tourists are not wanted in Valencia and damage the industry.
Mayor added that the taxes were being proposed by people from a “wealthy world” who didn’t know how people were suffering.
He said: “They are wasting time and our money entertaining themselves by ruining the tourist campaign.
“We should save ourselves the bad image we are giving. With this tax message, a feeling is being generated that tourists are annoying and are not well received, quite the opposite of the spirit of hospitality in which we have been working for the last seven years.”