Conservative Party Finance spokesman Nick Ramsay said it would keep on campaigning against a tourism tax "until Labour's finance secretary consigns this ludicrous proposal to where it belongs: the bin".
It therefore appears that Mark Drakeford AM has not totally rejected the idea. The WTA has today (13/02/18) approached Georgina Haarhoff, Head of the Treasury Dept at Welsh Government to ask for further clarification. Georgina Haarhoff has stated' 'The Minister recognises the issues and has heard the views expressed to him over recent months. He has decided to explore ways in which local authorities could be given permissive powers to develop and implement a local tourism tax. He intends that we will work with the tourism sector, the Welsh Local Government Association and other interested parties to do this. We anticipate this will be a longer term piece of work'.
Does this mean 22 new tax regimes for tourism?
The WTA will be arranging to meet the Treasury Dept shortly.