Published: 30th Nov 2018

69% of businesses surveyed by the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce would support the introduction of a ‘Tourist Tax’ in Edinburgh, with a further 79% saying they would support it if the money was reinvested into the city’s infrastructure. The idea of a transient visitor levy (TVL) in Edinburgh has been debated at a local and national level for over a decade. In 2017, the City of Edinburgh Council agreed to continue to make a case to the Scottish Government for the introduction of a levy, and earlier this year the Scottish Government announced a national consultation on the matter. In September, Edinburgh City Council published details of what the 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. … (To read the full article, subscribe below)