Some have even gone so far as to suggest the move is “un-English” as anger continues to grow over the political initiative. In February, the Welsh Government confirmed that a consultation on proposals for a local visitor tax would be launched this autumn. Rebecca Evans, Minister for Finance and Local Government, argued that the tax would increase local authority revenue, allowing them to run the services and infrastructure that make tourism successful.
Holidaymakers have expressed disgust at the proposed move, with many saying it could deter them from visiting the country in the future.
Mike wrote: “If the Welsh Government go ahead and introduce a tourist tax I will definitely NOT be going to Wales once it is introduced.
“My expenses are way too high as it is.”
Jade Nicolson said: “I go to Wales a lot, especially on holidays with the kids.
“That would really put me off as I spend a lot when I’m there.”
While Jenny Alcock comments: “Surely, visiting Wales, we pay for things while we are there, so they get a lot of income for our visit alone.
“Fuel, food, tourist shops, restaurants. How ridiculous!”
The proposed tourist tax has been met with dismay from industry executives, who have said it will hurt the sector’s prospects for recovery from Covid.
Ashford Price, a senior member of the Welsh Tourist Attractions Association (WAVA), said the idea was ‘unfathomable’ for the tourism industry and added the charge appeared to reflect an ‘un-English’ agenda .
Despite general dissatisfaction, some still supported the idea, considering it a logical decision.
Ieuan Williams tweeted: “Corporate fares go to the Welsh Government. They are redistributed as part of the RSG.
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“They are an opportunity for visitors to invest in local infrastructure and services, which in turn make tourism a success.
“Without such a levy, local communities face an excessive burden to fund local services and benefits that tourists depend on.”
She added: “The introduction and subsequent use of such a levy would enable destinations in Wales to be enjoyed for generations to come and encourage a more sustainable approach to tourism.
“The levy would be proportionate by design, and the powers to increase the levy would be discretionary for local authorities.”