Ask­ing tourists for a lit­tle ex­tra

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - FEATURES -

We are for­tu­nate to live in a re­gion so rich in his­tory and nat­u­ral beauty that peo­ple all across the globe want to en­joy it too.

They come in their mil­lions from ev­ery di­rec­tion, their spend­ing a mas­sive con­tri­bu­tion to lo­cal economies, in many cases an ir­re­place­able one.

Any­thing that would make them think twice, have their eye turned by an­other cor­ner of the world, is rightly to be avoided.

Those who make their liv­ing from host­ing these visi­tors be­lieve that would be pre­cisely the im­pact of a “tourist tax”.

Maybe so, even if trav­ellers are wellac­cus­tomed to the prin­ci­ple of such a levy charged by many pop­u­lar over­seas des­ti­na­tions.

But are they more put off by the sense their top-choice get­away spot strug­gles to cope with the vol­ume of visi­tors?

When coun­cils are strug­gling to fund ser­vices for lo­cals, ask­ing tourists for a lit­tle ex­tra to main­tain creak­ing lo­cal in­fra­struc­ture must be given se­ri­ous thought.

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