Proposal of tourism tax in the Wales invites criticism

Published on : Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Wales invites criticismPlaid Cymru has said that it cannot support tourism tax in Wales.

AM Steffan Lewis said it would be an “additional burden” when the sector needed to be more competitive, calling for a cut in VAT on tourism instead. The Conservatives who say a tourism tax would be “devastating” accused Plaid of “Orwellian doublespeak”.

Tourism tax is one of four potential new taxes for Wales, which is being considered and it would mean a small charge per night for visitors staying in accommodation.

Welsh ministers have said they will decide which new tax they want to support early next year. It would then the decision of the UK government, the House of Commons and the Lords to approve the new levy.

Mr. Lewis said, “In the current context, putting an additional burden when our tourism sector needs to be more competitive is not something Plaid Cymru can support at this time. Tourism is the lifeblood of the economy in many parts of Wales. In an increasingly globalised, competitive world, we need every advantage to sell Wales as a tourist destination. Plaid Cymru believes that a cut to VAT on tourism-related services could provide a huge boost to the Welsh economy.”

Mr. Lewis added that the tourism tax proposal was “an idea put forward by the Welsh Labour Government” and he proposed a tax on disposable plastics instead.
Both were options presented in the Welsh budget for 2018-19.


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