Published: 11th Dec 2019

The Highlands could become one of the first areas in Britain to introduce a ‘tourism tax’ after almost three-quarters of residents backed the move. Councillors met earlier this week (December 9) to push forward with the introduction of a Highland Transient Visitor Levy after a local authority survey found widespread support for the idea. Highland Council had more than 6,600 responses gathered through online and face-to-face surveys, along with a consultation with the tourism industry and written submissions received from representatives from the tourism industry. Almost two-thirds (65.1%) of all respondents to the online survey were in favour of a tourism tax, although this varied between businesses, residents and visitors. More than three-quarters of residents were also in favour. Overall, more of every group – residents, visitors and businesses – were in favour of the tax than were against. The Scottish Government has been consulting on the necessary legislation, which … (To read the full article, subscribe below)