Politician hits out at tourist tax plans
Margaret Mi t c h e l l is concerned that the introduction of a tourist tax across Scotland would further lead to the country being the highest taxed area of the UK.
Earlier this year, Edinburgh City Council announced plans to introduce this type of tax, which would see an additional levy charged to hotel rooms per night in the capital.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has now revealed she will launch a “country-wide” consultation on the tourist tax.
Coatbridge-born Central Scotland MSP Ms Mitchell responded: “Scotland is already the highest taxed area of the UK with the SNP introducing a higher rate of income tax than that in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
“There are areas of Central Scotland blessed by natural beauty and so the tourism industry is vital to the region.
“An additional levy on hotel rooms would make it increasingly difficult for the areas to remain competitive.
“I will oppose any attempts to damage the competitive of businesses in Central Scotland.”