The Daily Telegraph

Welsh entry charge


Wales is considerin­g the size of admission charge to impose on tourists. Foreign examples cited by its government suggest this could set back a family of holidaymak­ers £75. No turnstiles will be fixed on Offa’s Dyke but tax on tourists’ bills will be paid before they leave. Maybe cars will be wheel-clamped or domestic pets impounded to ensure payment. Who knows? But there is a serious point. Cities impose congestion charges intended to reduce pollution by deterring motorists. By the same logic an obvious consequenc­e of a tourist tax would be a reduction in tourists. This might make it nicer and less crowded for the determined who have saved up to visit the beautiful principali­ty. But it will hit small businesses and most likely too the bureaucrat­icminded government that wants to raise such taxes.

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