Edinburgh tourist tax plan unveiled

Published: 01 February 2019

Edinburgh City Council is finalising its plans for the UK's first tourist levy after the move won strong public support.

Plans to introduce a £2 tourist tax in Edinburgh would be capped at seven nights, a new report has revealed. Edinburgh City Council is finalising its plans for the UK's first tourist levy after the move won strong public support .

The tax proposes a flat £2 per night room charge, an exemption for campsites and a cap of seven consecutive nights. The plan, if backed by councillors, will then be put to the Scottish government. The council is proposing the charge for what it calls a Transient Visitor Levy (TVL).

Tourism and hospitality are key drivers of our economy and this levy provides us with a way to sustainably support its continued success and reduce impacts on residents all year round.

Adam McVey, Leader, City of Edinburgh Council

 

The levy would apply to all accommodation types, including Airbnb-style short-term lets, but visitors staying in campsites would be exempt.

A cap of seven consecutive nights is also being proposed after concerns were raised about the impact on seasonal and festival workers who stay in Edinburgh for extended periods of time.

Council Leader Adam McVey, said: "The capital's population is increasing rapidly and visitor numbers continue to grow.

"Our economic strength has brought us a great deal of success as a city but the reality is, without an additional income stream, we will struggle to manage and support this success in future.

"That's why a visitor levy is an obvious choice for Edinburgh. It will help us continue to invest in and manage the success of tourism on our city..."

Full story via BBC News

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