Published on Sunday, January 14, 2018

City of Bath could become first in UK to charge tourist tax

The city of Bath has come up with new plans to introduce a tourist tax, making it the first in the UK to do so.

Councillors want to charge hotel guests an extra £1 per night and use the money generated to  keep the city clean.

Councillor Charles Gerrish told Sky News: "Fundamentally it (the tax) happens all across Europe and the council has to be creative to meet the shortfall of funding that we currently face.

"Hopefully it would go to replacing the general revenue of the cleanliness of the city, so we make it look more attractive to visitors."

The plans would have to be approved by Westminster. A previous plan to introduce the levy was rejected by Parliament last year.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site attracts around six million visitors a year.

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