Asking tourists for a little extra
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.