The divisive Welsh tax idea that tourism sector wants consigned to the bin

The divisive Welsh tax idea that tourism sector wants consigned to the bin

Welsh Government says it will "resume engagement" on a proposed tourism tax in Wales but sector leaders say it should be consigned to the bin. The possibility of a tourism tax was first raised by Welsh Labour in 2017 but any work to explore the proposal was placed on hold when the pandemic hit last year. The proposal has been attacked by the tourism sector who say it would badly impact the Welsh economy with more than 100,000 jobs in the industry - although others like Gwynedd Council leader Dyfrig Siencyn have suggested it could help deal with "over-tourism". A tourism tax has been used in several European tourism hotspots with the Balearic Islands raising more than 200m Euros between 2017 and 2019 for eco-projects on the islands - but Spain also has reduced VAT rates for the tourism and hospitality sectors. There are fears extra costs for visitors could put Wales at a serious disadvantage to other parts of the UK like Cornwall and the Lake District. Clwyd West MS Darren Millar this week called on the First Minister …
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