MSP calls for national review of ‘tourist tax’ plan
An SNP MSP has called on the Scottish Government to hold a consultation on the proposed introduction of a “tourist tax” in the Highlands.
Caithness, Sutherland and Ross representative Gail Ross revealed she had written to Finance Secretary Derek Mackay about the proposal.
The Scottish Government has stated it has no plans to give councils the power to hit tourists with a “transient visitor levy”, despite it being common in many other European states.
Many business leaders have reacted with alarm to the proposal, with one recent Federation of Small Businesses survey showing 73% of firms in the Highlands were opposed to the move.
But councils in Highland, Aberdeen and Edinburgh have been lobbying for the powers, and joined forces while giving evidence to a Holyrood committee this week.
Yesterday, Ms Ross said it should be the subject of a national review.