Visitor levies caps vital to competitiveness of Scottish tourism

Monday, September 18, 2023

On its response to the Public Administration, Housing and Planning Committee's heard on the Visitor Levy Bill (Scotland), UKHospitality Scotland said a cap would lessen the impact of the levy on Scotland's attractiveness as a leading

visitor destination.

The response comes just as the Welsh government's Housing and Planning Committee (HPA) consultation, launched in June, concludes (September 15) on its Scottish proposals for housing and planning services.

UKHospitality Scotland has called for a limit to the number you can stay in the same property for five nights.

UKHospitality Scotland wants guaranteed obligations under legislation that the revenue from the charge is used only to develop, support or preserve services and facilities used by visitors.

Companies, which are refunded out of levy their costs for the implementation and management of the system.

"Some of the proposals for the visitor levy are incredibly worrying, with major implications for competitiveness and costs for our businesses charged with collecting and administering the scheme," - Leon Thompson

'Some of the proposals for the visitor levy are incredibly worrying, with major implications for competitiveness and costs for our businesses charged with collecting and administering the scheme,' said Leon Thompson, the acting director

of UKHospitality Scotland.