Scottish Government rules out controversial ‘tourism tax’

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A major win for operators and tourism as a whole came just before Christmas, with the Scottish government confirming that plans for a ‘tourist tax’ in Edinburgh – or any other Scottish cities – will not go ahead.

 

Willie Macleod, executive director,BHA Scotland, said: “The Scottish government’s firm commitment to rule out a ‘tourist tax’ is fantastic news for our members, but most importantly for all visitors to the country.

“Proposals for a ‘tourist tax’ – such as those from Edinburgh City Council – would have resulted in an unfair charge levied indiscriminately on all consumers simply wanting to enjoy an overnight stay in Edinburgh.”

The suggestion of a controversial tourism levy on overnight stays in the UK has also been under discussion in Wales, where it has been widely opposed by those who feel it may negatively affect profits in Britain’s thriving tourist sector.

 


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