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‘Tourism Tax’ could devastate area

 
Created on 16/10/2017 @ 07:56
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Welsh Government plans for a ‘Tourism Tax’ could devastate businesses and discourage people from visiting the Welshpool area, according to a local AM.

Russell George, Assembly Member for Montgomeryshire, has criticised the measure which was announced as part of the Welsh Government’s draft budget.

A so-called ‘Tourism Tax’ was introduced in 2016 in Ibiza and Majorca – with Thomas Cook slamming the levy as a “significant extra sum” on family holidays which could persuade many to holiday elsewhere.

The Majorca Hoteliers’ Federation also said the tax would lead to “millions in losses” for the islands’ economy.

Mr George said: “This tax on tourists could devastate Powys, discouraging people from visiting Mid Wales and making the average family holiday much more expensive.

“Presumably this would apply during peak season, when parents already face a huge burden with inflated prices.

“The impact on jobs and the smallest hotels and B&Bs could be devastating.

“It’s the job of Welsh Government to attract people to come and spend money visiting Mid Wales, not deter them.”

PICTURE: The spectacular Lake Vyrnwy.


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