The Wales Tourism Alliance has asked Professor Annette Pritchard to write a paper regarding Tourism Tax and its potential impact on the industry in Wales. At this stage we understand that the Government is only seeking initial views on new taxation possibilities. The WTA has submitted the report as its initial response to the Government’s proposals; met officials to discuss it and presented a copy to the Cabinet Secretary for the economy.
WTA will be consulting with its members and submitting further evidence in due course. WTA is also seeking meetings with other key organisations. We acknowledge the pressure of visitor management faced by local authorities and wish to explore ways in which the industry can work with local authorities to meet these pressures, but a tax on tourism businesses would damage local economies and affect employment prospects by making us less competitive with destinations in England.