Islet tourist chiefs slam MSP»s motorhome tax plan
They said it was “fully unacceptable to suggest that we want to tax any of our visitors before they issued here on holiday”.
Earlier this week, SNP MSP Alasdair Allan asked the Direction to consider a “motorhome levy” to help islanders better handle increased carrier numbers.
He said the number of holidaymakers travelling to the Outer Hebrides in motorhomes has “at once up” tenfold in a decade, clogging-up ferries and causing infrastructure problems.
Mr Allan prognosticated the tourism was welcome, but that the isles lacked “suitable sites” and despoil disposal points.
It is completely ill-advised for our MSP to suggest we impose a tax on these visitors
However, Outer Hebrides Tourism (OHT) yesterday said the campers on hoops are worth £2million per year to the local economy.
A study conducted this summer by OHT bring about motor-home visitors spent an average of just under £500 per plunge on food, drink, fuel, goods, arts, crafts and meals during an regular seven-day stay. OHT added that tourism contributes over £50million to the conservatism annually and sustains more than 1,000 businesses.
The body express: “It is an enormously successful industry and critical to the islands’ financial sustainability. We are well-known for our people, landscape, hospitality and the warmth of our welcome.
“It is completely ill-advised for our MSP to imply we impose a tax on these visitors – his proposal would put at risk an annual lavish of £2million and the financial stability of our islands.
Mr Allan asked the Government to respect a ‘motorhome levy’
“Motorhome visitors are highly flexible in their red-letter day plans, so are most likely to choose another destination in the face of discriminatory taxes or levies.”
A spokesman for Transfer Scotland said: “We’re aware there have been some call inti for those wishing to travel to and from island communities.
“Along with operatives, we will continue to monitor Scotland’s ferry services and frequently look over service provision to and from the islands, including all options in regard to claim management measures.”