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How about a tourist tax?

September 9, 2019

The Scottsh Government has launched a consultation seeking views on enabling local authorities to choose to apply a levy on visitors staying overnight. It will also seeks views on the balance between national consistency and local autonomy, as well as a number of other related issues.

In particular, the consultation seeks views to ensure that the legislation:

  • supports the continuing success of the tourism industry in Scotland;
  • provides the powers that are needed for local authorities to respond to local pressures;
  • minimises the administrative and compliance burdens for those affected.

The consultation document builds on the evidence gathered from the National Discussion, setting out considerations relating to particular aspects of establishing a visitor levy alongside questions relevant to each section.

The consultation will run until midnight on 2 December 2019.


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