Edinburgh, Scotland could right away introduce a tourism tax as Edinburgh Council reveals the proposal has received “numerous support.” The council has proposed charging 2 per cent or £2 per room per round-the-clock for those visiting the historic city. The Tourism Visitor Levy (TVL) longing be chargeable all year round on all forms of accommodation, including short-term receives. It would be capped at seven nights. The move comes as “demands on the borough increase” and extra funding is needed to “invest in and manage the impact of the excrescence.”
It’s estimated the model could raise between £11.6million and £14.6million per year.
These grand totals will be re-invested into Edinburgh city, benefiting everything from exposed services and culture and heritage to the tourism industry itself.
Local residents and subject have supported the proposal to charge tourists extra, claimed Edinburgh Town Council.
Research by Marketing Edinburgh and the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce bestow make an exhibited 85 per cent expressed strong support for the proposals including 51 per cent of grant-in-aid providers.
However, 19 per cent of respondents believed the charge of £2 was too low for the tax.
Body leader Adam McVey said: “Once again, we are finding that there is a colossal swell of support for a tourist tax in Edinburgh with residents and all types of matter backing a scheme that is fair, sustainable and one which would be reinvested into the unending success of our tourism and hospitality industry and the services which matter most to particular people.
“Edinburgh welcomes over four and a half million guests annually, spending over £1.8billion. Our tourist economy is to the nth degree strong and expected to continue to grow.
“As a Council, we have a strong shadow record of investing in and supporting our cultural offering and heritage – but as the demands on our bishopric increase, we will need a secure additional source of funding to sustainably install in and manage the impact of this growth.”
However, some local transactions are unhappy with the potential introduction of a tax.
They are concerned it could negatively use the tourism industry and could deter visitors.
Russell Imrie, spokesman for the Edinburgh Lodgings Association, told local news site Edinburgh News: “It is incredible. We know, having spoken face-to-face with hoteliers, they are opposed to this.”
Of the panel discussions Imrie has been privy to, “there was nobody from the grant-in-aid sector who was in favour of a tourist tax at any of these events. So the round-table outcomes are in uncut contradiction to the survey results.”
The Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA) has called the directors response to results “ambiguous”.
STA said in a statement: “Out of the 2560 responses to the consultation, unprejudiced 17 per cent were from all businesses types, both within and largest Edinburgh which is very low considering the importance of the tourism economy tourism to the more than half of businesses within Edinburgh, and only seven per cent of these were from Edinburgh financial assistance providers.
“78 per cent of respondents were from Edinburgh residents and honest three per cent were tourists.”
STA added: “Greater transparency is lacked and we will be seeking clarity from Edinburgh City Council to well-advised understand the results of the survey and pose questions that we and other fellow trade associations have as a result of today’s announcement.”
If plans for the tourism tax go forwards, the Scottish government will need to grant Edinburgh City Directory the required power to implement it.
Edinburgh is far from the only European big apple to introduce a tourist tax. Venice visitors will have to pay a surcharge to come in the ancient Italian city.
Overwhelming visitor numbers to the sinking bishopric have angered Venetians for decades despite tourism being Venice’s lifeblood.