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UKHospitality write to Scottish Government regarding damaging tourist tax

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The leaders of major hotel groups have written to the Scottish Government about their concerns over the tourist tax.

They have written to Derek Mackay MSP, Scottish Finance Secretary, suggesting their major concerns for the tourist tax. In particular, they are concerned for the damage to the visitor economy.

The letter itself has been coordinated by UKHospitality, the main voice for the hospitality sector.

Currently, the Scottish Government is looking into the principles of having tourist tax as an option to local authorities.

UKHospitality recently published analysis the showed the effects tourist tax would have on the economy and employment. See the report here.

Kate Nicholls, CEO of UKHospitality, said:

“The senior-level signatories of this letter demonstrate the level of concern about how this ill-thought through proposal will damage Scotland’s reputation as a world-class tourism destination, increase costs and put thousands of jobs at risk. The hospitality sector is already over-taxed, with sky-high business rates and one of the highest VAT rates in Europe. It is time that this proposal was shelved and for the Scottish Government to discuss with business how we can secure a bright and sustainable future for Scottish business.”


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