Proposals to introduce a visitor levy, or tourist tax, have been welcomed by Ariane Burgess, the Scottish Green MSP for Highlands & Islands.
If supported by MSPs, the Scottish Government’s plans would give councils in the Highlands & Islands the ability to add an overnight accommodation tax to provide additional funds and support for local services.
Ariane Burgess MSP said:
“This is a really welcome announcement, and, with Scottish Greens in government I am delighted that we are able to support local authorities and areas like the Highlands & Islands in this way.
“With these powers and the extra revenue they will bring in, councils across the Highlands & Islands could invest more in the community and the services that we all rely on.
“For example, the tourist levy could be used to invest in community-led housing to ensure there are homes local families can afford.
“I am proud that so many people visit the Highlands and Islands every year, and it is fair to ask them to make a small contribution to support our community.
“Accommodation levies are common in towns and cities around the world and will allow us to build a fairer, greener and better future for the Highlands & Islands.”