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”.