Published: 28th Sep 2018

Edinburgh City Council has published details of what a transient visitor levy (TVL) or ‘tourist tax’ could look like if it were introduced in the capital. The plans include a charge of either 2% or £2 per room per night, chargeable all year round on all forms of accommodation, including short-term lets, but capped at seven nights. According to the council, it could generate ‘at least’ £11m per annum in additional income for the local authority. Several local authorities in the past have mooted the idea of introducing a tourist tax, but so far none have actually introduced one. Subject to councillors’ approval next week (2 October), the local authority will launch a public consultation on key aspects on the draft scheme, which has been developed following detailed research. Respondents in the consultation will be asked for their views on whether the charge should be a percentage of room cost or … (To read the full article, subscribe below)