Edinburgh Council presents plan to introduce “Tourist Tax”

The Scottish capital city is likely to become the first one in UK to introduce a Tourist Tax.

Early this month the Council approved the plan – which has also been gladly accepted by Edinburgh’s citizens – and presented it to the Scottish government.

The tax would be fixed at £2 per person per night and would be applied to all accommodation, including Airbnb-style lets, for stays of maximum 7 nights.

It would rise up to £14.5m extra income per year, and would help Edinburgh to face the cost and the challenge of the mass tourism, as it is attracting more than 4 millions of tourists per year.

The plan still needs to be discussed and approved by the Government, and it is not expected to be in place before beginning of next year.

Further updates will be posted as soon as they are available.

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