Booming Edinburgh will be first UK city to introduce a tourist tax

Friday 8 February 2019 1:51 AM UTC

EDINBURGH Feb 8: Scotland’s capital Edinburgh is to become the first British city to introduce a tourist tax to try to better manage the impact of swelling visitor numbers and booming hotel occupancy, its council said on Thursday.

One of Britain’s most picturesque cities, Edinburgh had 1.75 million foreign visitors on average annually between 2015 and 2017, making it the second most-visited in Britain after London.

Hotel occupancy was the highest among all UK cities in 2017, at an average of 83.7 percent.

The council said it would use funds raised by the 2-pound ($2.60) per room per night tax “to improve facilities and better manage the city”, as other European cities such as Barcelona and Rome have done.

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