Councils empowered to raise money for local tourism
The Scottish Government has published a news release announcing a Bill to enable councils to invest more in local tourism facilities and services through a levy on overnight stays.
If passed by the Scottish Parliament, the Visitor Levy (Scotland) Bill will give councils the power to apply a levy on stays in overnight accommodation based on a percentage of the accommodation cost.
All money raised would have to be reinvested locally on facilities and services substantially for or used by visitors enhancing the visitor experience and benefitting local communities and their economies.
Under the plans, councils would be required to consult communities, businesses, and tourism organisations before putting a visitor levy in place. They would also have to consult on how any revenue raised should be spent.
The proposals follow public consultation in 2020 and form part of the New Deal for Local Government. It gives councils greater financial flexibility and strengthens local democracy. Read the analysis of responses to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the principles of a local visitor levy.