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Published on : Wednesday, January 11, 2017
To generate additional revenue, councilor in Bath has expressed the idea to introduce ‘tourist bed tax’ in the coming months. While speaking in BBC Radio, Charles Gerrish, the Conservative cabinet member for finance and efficiency on the Bath and North East Somerset council said that tourist bed tax is similar to tourist levies which many European cities like Paris, Venice and Barcelona have. Not to forget, Bath is one of the most expensive cities in the UK with London at the hotspot!
To quote Gerrish, “Basically if you go on holiday in Europe, in many countries, when you stay in a hotel you are asked to make a very small contribution to the local authority in addition to your hotel bill. This is quite a common method of local authority fundraising in Europe”. Being a UNESCO world heritage site, Gerrish thinks that this particular tax can help in fund raising by the local authority of the place.
To quote Harry Tedstone, chairman of the Bath Independent Guesthouse Association, “One of the most expensive countries to come and visit” adding that European cities that charge the tourist tax only charge VAT of between 5 and 9% while the UK charges 20%.The customer needs to know what that money is going towards.”