Attractions industry news

11 Jan 2018

City of Bath plans tourist levy to support heritage, arts and culture

Councillors in Bath are looking to cash in on the 5.8 million tourists that visit the historic city each year, with plans to introduce a bed tax that could raise millions of pounds for the British UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The council’s Operation Plan – a £1 nightly surcharge per room – would not affect tourism, but would boost city coffers.

According to the plan, a nightly surcharge on rooms would generate around £2.4m (US$3.3m, €2.7m) a year, which would be reinvested into the local area to help maintain more than 5,000 listed assets and support the public realm, arts and culture.

“Visitors are important to our economy, but they also impact upon council resources and services,” it says. “If a local tourism levy was introduced, it would help.”

Previous attempts by the city to introduce the tax had been rebuffed by the government, but after it emerged that Birmingham might be allowed to impose such a levy to help finance the 2022 Commonwealth Games, Bath councillors decided to revive the plan.

“We believe that considering the numbers of visitors we get in Bath a small fee for overnight stays is the way forward,” said council leader Tim Warren, speaking at a public meeting.

“This would go to service the tourism budget and funds that would have usually been diverted there would be free to be put to use elsewhere.”

<< Back

News powered by attractionsmanagement.com

Revealed: Opening date for Scotland's first design museum, created by Kengo Kuma

V&A Dundee, Scotland’s first design museum, will open to the public on Saturday 15 September 2018, it has been revealed. [more...]

Bayeux Tapestry coming to Britain for first time in 950 years

The Bayeux Tapestry is set to be loaned to a British museum for the first time in nearly a millennium. [more...]

Isle of Wight takes families on a bear hunt with new tourism campaign

The Isle of Wight’s tourism body is teaming up with the filmmakers behind a remake of classic children’s book We’re Going On a Bear Hunt to bring the story to life for its latest marketing campaign. [more...]

Michael Ellis to oversee arts, heritage and tourism in new DCMS role

Former House of Commons deputy leader Michael Ellis has been named parliamentary undersecretary for arts, heritage and tourism. [more...]

New tourism minister to be announced as John Glen named City minister

Tourism minister John Glen is the latest mover in British prime minister Theresa May’s cabinet reshuffle, after taking over as City minister. [more...]

City of Bath plans tourist levy to support heritage, arts and culture

Councillors in Bath are looking to cash in on the 5.8 million tourists that visit the historic city each year, with plans to introduce a bed tax that could raise millions of pounds for the British UNESCO World Heritage Site. [more...]

In brief:

Stadium for Bath appoints Grimshaw as lead architect @bathrugby @GrimshawArch @StadiumforBath #StadiumforBath # [more...]
Yorkshire Wildlife Park set to become one of the UK's largest zoos after gaining approval for £50m expansion @YorkshireWP [more...]
VR headset with brain sensors catches the eye @CES #CES2018 [more...]
York's National Railway Museum finalising £50m development masterplan @railwaymuseum [more...]
Fire meets wood as @altontowers unveils £16m Wicker Man coaster @GreatCoasters [more...]
Ireland uses the Force to grow tourism as Star Wars campaign gets interstellar launch @TourismIreland #TheLastJedi [more...]
Thirteen monkeys killed in Woburn Safari Park fire [more...]
King Richard III car park gets heritage status from Historic England @HistoricEngland [more...]
Attractions kickoff: 2018's biggest openings #NewYear [more...]
More news from attractionsmanagement.com>>
<< Back