Edinburgh tourist tax plan revived

23 Jan 17

Edinburgh looks set to become the first city in Scotland to impose a so-called “tourism tax” on visitors, with the proceeds to be ploughed back into support for the city’s internationally renowned festivals and visitor amenities.

Many European cities operate similar levies, though no other UK city does yet.

The charge, expected to be set at £1-2 per person per bed-night, has been opposed in the past by both the local hospitality sector and by the previous tourism minister in the Scottish Government, Fergus Ewing.

Ewing has now been moved to the rural affairs Cabinet brief, and Edinburgh Council is looking to revive the idea as part of a city deal package currently under negotiation.

  • Keith Aitken
    Keith Aitken

    covers Scottish affairs for Public Finance from Edinburgh. He was formerly economics editor and chief leader writer on The Scotsman and now has a busy freelance career as a writer, broadcaster and event chair.

Did you enjoy this article?