The tourism operators of North Wales united in opposition to pay to stay tax

Published on : Friday, January 12, 2018

North WalesNorth Wales tourism operators have united in terms of their belief that a proposed tax might hit on their industry and turn out to be a “gift” to the rival destinations.

Welsh ministers this year will come to an agreement that whether to introduce a new tax on tourism in Wales after it was suggested as one of four prospective new taxes.

This could entail per night charge for visitors putting up in accommodation.

The North Wales industry has unified against the pitch and cautioned this week about the potential consequences.

To quote Sean Taylor, commercial director of Zip World, “This would be killing the goose that lays the golden egg. Firms already contribute money through business rates, VAT and employing thousands of people, we are paying our bit. We are already at a disadvantage compared to tourism firms in many European countries that pay far less in VAT so this would make us more un-competitive. This is a competitive industry; this would put us at a disadvantage against areas like the Lake District. The Welsh Government have invested so much in supporting this industry and building it up, why would now want to take all that away. I don’t think any Welsh politician will want to put their name to this idea and they should just drop the idea now.”

To quote Andy Ainscough, managing director of Surf Snowdonia, “Any tax on tourism in Wales would send out entirely the wrong message.”


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