The amount of the tax.
The capital of Scotland may become the first city in the UK, which will introduce a tourist tax. The city Council initiated innovations to cope with the influx of tourists.
It is noted that Edinburgh visited annually by about 1.75 million foreigners, making it second in attendance in Britain after London.
In addition, in 2017, the occupancy of the hotels in Edinburgh were the highest among all cities in the UK – an average of 83,7%.
City of Edinburgh Council has determined that the tax will amount to 2 lb (2.6 dollars) for single rooms per day. The funds received will be used to “improve the tourism infrastructure and city management” for example, Barcelona and Rome.
At the same time, according to a survey conducted by the city Council only 51% of people who rent housing, supported this idea. In order for the initiative came into force, it still must be approved by the Scottish Parliament.
The hotel Association also expressed concern over an additional tax that, if approved, will have to pay tourists in economically challenging times.