Published: 24th Feb 2020

More than half of all people think their local council should have the power to introduce some form of tourism levy, according to a new survey. The survey by Populus for the Local Government Association found that 53% of those surveyed think their council should be able to charge tourists a small fee to help fund local services that support tourism in their area. The LGA believes that a pound-per-night tourism tax in England could raise between £238,000 and over £7m a year depending on the area. At present, no local authority in the United Kingdom has the power to introduce such a levy, although the Scottish Government has been consulting on the idea. However, many cities in Europe already have tourism taxes which are levied via the hotel sector and tend to be set and administered locally by the relevant municipal authority. In Venice, hotels charge a city tax … (To read the full article, subscribe below)