Scottish Tourism Alliance warns against Edinburgh tourism tax
Leisure Opportunities
Job search
Job Search
see all jobs
Latest job opportunities
star job
The Bulgari Hotel London
Competitive Salary & Benefits
London, UK
Halo Leisure
£35,000 per annum
Hereford, UK
Millfield School
Competitive
Street, UK
star job
South Ribble Borough Council
Up to £36,876
Leyland, Lancashire, UK
star job
Wheels for All
£20,384 a FTE of £25,480
Warrington, UK

Scottish Tourism Alliance warns against Edinburgh tourism tax

Job opportunities
Welsh Water
£32,392 - £37,027
location: Powys, UK
Eureka
Circa £42,000 per annum
location: Halifax, UK
Gulliver's Theme Park
Competitive salary and benefits
location: Nationwide, United Kingdom
more jobs

The Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA) has warned against a tourism tax for Edinburgh proposed by the Scottish government, stating that the Scottish capital is “one of the few European cities in decline” in terms of tourist numbers.

Hotel occupancy across Scotland is down 1.4 per cent, according to STA, while the UK sits at number 135, out of 136 countries, for international tourism price-competitiveness.

In an email to its members, the STA said: “Edinburgh is one of the few European cities in decline. Glasgow figures are showing the same trend. There is a misconception of a buoyant industry.

"We are simply at the bottom of the pile when it comes to competing on price against other global destinations.

"If price and value for money is a deciding factor in a visitor’s choice of destination, there are 134 places in the world that will be more attractive to them than the UK.

"Where would we sit in relation to price competitiveness if we introduced another tax on the international visitor, and indeed our domestic tourists?

"We would be at a competitive disadvantage to other locations with a much lower VAT, who do not include any tourist taxes in public prices. Prices displayed by our competitor destinations will always look more attractive at first glance.

"A tourism tax could negatively impact businesses that rely on the tourism economy by reducing visitor spending right across the industry – in pubs, restaurants, shops, cafes, visitor attractions and entertainment venues."

STA also referred to two pieces of research conducted by Nottingham University that found that a price of one per cent, relative to global competitors, reduced tourism by one per cent and that a one per cent increase in UK costs would lead to a 0.61 per cent fall in tourism spending.

Sign up for FREE ezines & magazines
The Scottish Tourism Alliance (STA) has warned against a tourism tax for Edinburgh proposed by the Scottish government, stating that the Scottish capital is “one of the few European cities in decline” in terms of tourist numbers.
TOU,VAT
imagesX/THUMB340303_877940_492669.jpg

More News

1 - 15 of 38,521
23 Mar 2019
The V&A Museum of Childhood (MOC) in East London has chosen architecture firm AOC to design the new interiors for its £13.5m (US$17.8m, €15.7m) overhaul ... More
23 Mar 2019
Spartan, the obstacle course and endurance brand, has launched into the corporate wellness market with the development of the Spartafit Challenge App. The app, which was ... More
22 Mar 2019
Neath Port Talbot council has greenlit plans for the Afan Valley Adventure Resort – a highly anticipated leisure destination set to rise on a 325-acre ... More
22 Mar 2019
Drinking a protein shake just before going to bed at night might increase gains in muscle-mass and strength following a resistance workout, according to researchers ... More
22 Mar 2019
A new study has found that taking part in structured exercise such as team sports can reduce levels of depression in boys from the age ... More
21 Mar 2019
The legacy of the Rugby League World Cup – to be held in England in 2021 – will stretch far beyond the immediate horizons of ... More
Ridgeway Furniture
Ridgeway Furniture
21 Mar 2019
In a bid to tackle rising overtourism, the Faroe Islands is closing its doors to visitors next month, with a team of volunteers set to ... More
21 Mar 2019
Having Scotland’s first museum of design in their neighbourhood is helping a number of other Dundee attractions to boost their visitor numbers, according to new ... More
20 Mar 2019
The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) has appointed Irene Forte to its advisory board. Forte, who is the daughter of British hotelier Sir Rocco Forte, currently ... More
19 Mar 2019
VisitEngland is looking to provide domestic tourism a boost through a campaign inspiring young Brits to take short breaks at home in England. At the ... More
19 Mar 2019
The Gym Group has tackled investor chatter about stagnation in market penetration by collaborating with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) to release an independent report showing the number ... More
19 Mar 2019
A new alpine-inspired spa has opened at Alpamare Scarborough, a waterpark attraction in Yorkshire, UK. Sitting alongside the waterpark, which opened in 2016, the 1,000sq ... More
TVS Sports Surfaces
TVS Sports Surfaces
18 Mar 2019
The Science Museum Group has opened a new training and education facility as part of its Science Museum Group Academy arm at Manchester’s Science and ... More
18 Mar 2019
London mayor Sadiq Khan has unveiled a drive to promote London to visitors from other parts of the UK in response to a decline in ... More
15 Mar 2019
Double Paralympic gold medallist Jonnie Peacock has launched a new online hub, designed to empower disabled people to become more physically active. Called Parasport powered ... More
Focus Training
Focus Training
1 - 15 of 38,521
employer of choice
Would you like to work for a gym operator that allows you to develop and use your skills to the full whilst being well rewarded? The Gym is totally committed to allowing 'the manager to manage' and rewarding our key personnel for delivery... More
Active IQ
Active IQ