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Scotland are set to introduce a new 'daily' charge tax 'per person'

Tourists visiting Scotland will be pleased to know the Scottish Parliament are due to vote on a plan to introuce a new 'tourist tax'.


This new tax would allow local authorities to add a charge to using B&Bs, hotels, and also holiday lets.


This bill in Scotland would see tourists charged £1 per room, per night, per person. It is estimated it would raise over £2.8 billion in the first year.


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Marc Crothall, of the Scottish Tourism Alliance, said: "Tourism is everybody's business and touches every household. If you are a florist, a plumber, or a joiner you are going to be working for tourism businesses."


According to the Scottish government consultation, accommodation providers would be responsible for collecting the charge and passing the money onto their local authority.


Seventeen of Scotland's 32 councils, along with the national body Cosla, are backing the introduction of this tourist tax.


Image of Castle Stalker in Scotland

Another member of the Scottish Tourism Alliance worries it could harm trade, as well as owner of the Ben Cruachan guesthouse in Edinburgh, Ollie Hughes, who said "The visitor levy would not be the nail in the coffin for us, but certainly would be for other businesses."


Will this new daily charge put you off visiting Scotland in the future? Let us know in the comments.


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