A visitor levy for Wales

May 2023 | Rural policy

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The Welsh Government is working on proposals that will give local authorities powers to introduce a visitor levy. This will generate revenue to support investment in the tourism industry in their areas. The proposals are that a visitor levy will represent a small additional charge that will apply to stays in overnight, commercially-let visitor accommodation. Any final decisions on how the levy is applied will be taken following full consideration of consultation responses.

A visitor levy is not intended to put people off visiting Wales. Instead, Welsh Government is proposing that it would be a small contribution by overnight visitors that will generate additional revenue for local authorities to reinvest in local communities. This would enable them to address some of the costs associated with tourism and encourage a more sustainable approach.

The statement can be read in full on the Welsh Government’s website.

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