Tax­ing tourists

The Scotsman - - Perspective / Letters To The Editor -

Sup­port for in­tro­duc­ing a tourist tax in Scot­land is grow­ing fast and even the SNP have at last lis­tened to good ad­vice in see­ing the ad­van­tage of in­tro­duc­ing such a tax.

Set­ting it at a fixed £2 per head per night is un­fair, and we need to learn from the tourist tax sys­tem in New York, where it is based on a per­cent­age of ac­com­mo­da­tion cost, re­flect­ing the stan­dard and grade of the ac­com­mo­da­tion pro­vided.

By ap­ply­ing the tourist tax on a se­lec­tive city/town ba­sis this will raise rev­enue for pop­u­lar hotspots and en­cour­age touristm in less pop­u­lar ar­eas.

DEN­NIS FORBES GRATTAN

Mugiemoss Road, Bucks­burn

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