Published on : Friday, October 20, 2017
This would put people off spending time in the City of Culture. The authority spends £90,000 a year on tourism marketing, said it was purely an information gathering process at this stage.
The councillor of Hull City Council Mike Ross expressed the concerns. They are at the early stages of getting people to come and visit the city as it is. His fear is that anything like this just sends out the wrong message to people across the country.
Paul Vinsen, the Chairman of Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitality Association, said it would undo the success of the city’s year as culture capital. He thinks that it is a very poor idea and he don’t think it will work.
The City of Culture has been incredibly successful, but all are in vain as the expenditure is getting more expensive.
The tourist tax is levied on visitors to the United States of America and a number of European countries including Spain, Italy, Belgium and Austria.
Earlier this year, a tax on tourists had been suggested by councillors in Bath as a way of raising money for the city. Mr Calder said a tourist tax for Hull would be a disincentive for the city.
In a statement, Hull City Council said that at this moment this is purely an information gathering process and in research state.
It is good practice for councils to appear frequently at thoughts and ideas that other cities in the United Kingdom are allowing for as part of developing their tourism industry in the region.