Whilst the WTA supports the proposal to provide a de-minimus exemption for properties of three or fewer bedrooms, the proposal to make the scope of the tariff apply to a maximum of 15 bedrooms rather than 25 is unwelcome and potentially damaging to this sector of the industry.
Small hotels and guesthouses have been under pressure from general cost increases and the competition of the large budget hotel chains. While of itself the proposed change in tariff structure might seem affordable to those caught by it, taken together with these other factors it will makes the change a further threat to the viability of some businesses in this sector. It should be noted that small hotels and guesthouses are very important to the tourism and social infrastructure of many of the small rural and seaside towns in Wales.
In the light of the above the WTA have asked that further consideration be given to both a lesser reduction in the number of bedrooms in the proposed tariff structure and increasing the number of bedrooms in the de-minimus exemption. We await PPL's response!