Scottish Tourism Alliance responds to Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce Tourism Tax Survey
Marc Crothall, Chief Executive of the Scottish Tourism Alliance said:
The Scottish Tourism Alliance and UK Hospitality are in agreement that the tourism tax issue is a significant one for all businesses, particularly those within the hospitality and tourism sector in the City of Edinburgh and it therefore comes as no surprise to our associations that only 13 tourism and hospitality businesses responding to this survey were in favour of a tourism tax. It’s not clear what type of tourism and hospitality businesses these are; whether these are hotels, bars, restaurants or visitor attractions for example. It’s also unclear if context around international price competitiveness was communicated to respondents, the UK’s position being 135 out of 136 countries in the most recent World Economic Forum report which points to the fact that the UK has a long way to go before we’re able to put ourselves in the same league of price competitiveness as countries who have already introduced a tourism tax and most notably, have much lower rates of VAT than the UK.
We are encouraging all tourism business across Scotland, and indeed in Edinburgh to engage in the Scottish Government’s nationwide conversation around a tourism tax and to visit the online portal which I believe will be live this week.