Published on : Thursday, January 26, 2017
Tourism is Edinburgh’s biggest industry, employing record numbers of people at all levels. Tourism brings lots of opportunities and revenues for Edinburgh, which the small city would be unable to support otherwise. Edinburgh has had huge success in tourism.
Edinburgh is a lovely place to live in and visit, with every corner of the city presenting a picture postcard view, visionary post-war creation of the International Festival and fascinating winter festivals.
Soon a “transient visitor levy” will come into existence. The many millions raised could revolutionize cultural tourism and city promotion and it wouldn’t cost the residents a penny. While many in the tourism industry will go against the idea, parts of the industry already do the very same thing, adding a pound to hotel bills for charitable causes. France has already operated a tourism levy for more than 100 years without any problem.
It helped France become the most popular tourism destination in the world. The visitor levy could provide a financial boost to Scotland’s and Edinburgh’s festivals. It could fetch money for promotion and renewal of public places. It would help in raising quality of the city’s events and the city itself. It would help promote Edinburgh at par with many greatest cities of the world.