70% of businesses back plans for a Tourist Tax

The results of a survey published by the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce reveal most Capital based businesses would support the introduction of a 'Tourist Tax' in Edinburgh.

Conducted with 200 local businesses, nearly 70% were supportive of the principle of TVL (Tourism Visitor Levy) being introduced, with backing for the money to be reinvested towards maintaining the city's infrastructure. The full findings can be viewed on the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce website.

Responding to the news, Council Leader, Adam McVey, said: “It’s very welcome to see nearly 70% of Edinburgh businesDave Stewartses backing the introduction of a tourist tax. It’s also encouraging to see half of businesses in our hospitality sector recognising the need to create a long-term investment to support the continuing success of the city. These findings give yet more weight to our current plans and consultation, which is giving everyone the chance to have their say.

“With an increasing volume of visitors to the city, which brings substantial benefits not least economic growth, there also comes a greater requirement for the city to invest in managing the impacts of that success for businesses, visitors and residents. We’re determined to co-produce a scheme that works best for the whole city, including our local hospitality industry, in order to create a TVL proposal which is fair, simple and workable.

“My thanks to the Chamber of Commerce and everyone else who has already taken the time to share their views. Our own online TVL survey will remain open until 10 December.”

Hve your say on the proposals with our survey on the Council's Consultation Hub.

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