Local Residents and Tourists welcome the proposed Tourist Tax

Photo of Edinburgh looking over the city from Calton Hill

by Morven McIntyre

Visitors and tourists alike have welcomed Edinburgh Councils plans to introduce a tourist tax in Edinburgh.

A Transient Visitor Levy (TVL) could be imposed on all accommodation types including hotels, hostels, short-term lets, campsites and Air B&Bs, though it will not apply to visitor or retail attractions and could raise between £11 and £13 million in Edinburgh.

Edinburgh City Council has opened a consultation with the public.

The consultation focuses on four main questions:

• Whether the tourist tax should be introduced at all;
• Whether it should be at a standard rate of £2 per room per night;
• Or whether it should be two per cent of the total accommodation bill;
• And what the money raised should be spent on.

Edinburgh Residents give their opinions on the “Tourist Tax”.

Tourists to Edinburgh give their opinion on the “Tourist Tax”.