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Published on Wednesday, June 17, 2015

London Mayor wannabe calls for tourist tax

A candidate to take over as Mayor of London has called for a tourist tax to raise £400 million a year.

Ivan Massow says tourists should pay £1 per star-rating for every night stayed in a hotel, so for example, four nights in a four-star hotel would cost them £16.

"We're almost one of the only cities that don't have it. Berlin, Rome, Paris - they all have it," he told City A.M.

He said his proposed scheme would not affect budget travellers, such as those who stayed in non-star-rated hostels.

Rome has a tourist charge of €3 (£2.20) per night for a five-star hotel, in Paris the highest charge is €1.50 per night and in New York the tourist tax is $2 a night.

If elected Mayor, Massow says the £400 million he would raise from the tourist tax would be used in a variety of areas, including  children's hospices and more air ambulances. 


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  • 20% VAT

    He seems to have forgotten that the hotels already pay the second highest rate of VAT in the EU, and that London is perceived as expensive to stay in by tourists.

    By Richard Earl of Bradford, Wednesday, June 17, 2015

  • Why not tourist infrastructure

    If you are going to tax tourists (which I disagree with as a matter of principle) at least spend the money on things that improve the lot of all people, tourists included - like the underground, stations, buses, signposts, tourism attractions. Make London more attractive for more tourists so that everyone earns more money from them and everyone benefits. Don't make the hospices and air ambulances reliant on tourism - that is a complete disconnect!

    By Jon Rankin, Wednesday, June 17, 2015

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