Adrian Greason-Walker, WTA attended the ‘Introductory Meeting of the Visitor Levy Working Group’ l(18/01/24). Welsh Government and the Welsh Revenue Authority have invited key industry stakeholders to discuss operational details in respect of the proposed discretionary levy for local authorities (or Tourism Tax). Both WG and WRA are now looking for feedback to assist in the development of policy.
Whilst it was made clear that the meeting/s are not about discussing the policy behind the proposed levy, it was made also stated by AGW from the start that attendance at the meeting did not mean endorsement of the Tourism Levy and that the majority of members still remain opposed.
A robust, but cordial meeting then took place, it was however merely an introductory session so was relatively brief. The Welsh Revenue Authority (WRA) shared a look forward and then received questions from the floor on the topics they discussed.
We have agreed to continue to attend to ensure that we can, as much as is possible, steer the course of the policy development to try and ensure little or no unintended consequences occur? Draft legislation will be introduced into the Senedd in the Autumn for the scrutiny stages.