Time for a UK-wide debate on tourism levies
Cities south of the border including Birmingham have plans to consider tourism levies. Cllr Judith Blake says Core Cities UK believes it's time for a national discussion about whether one might work in the UK.
Driving ahead with a new cultural and tourism strategy
Great Yarmouth BC is finalising a new strategy aligning its tourism and cultural offers, says Sheila Oxtoby - and alongside this it is shaping a 'place story' to support promotion.
Welcome to Yorkshire chair resigns as expenses investigations begin
The board chairman of a Yorkshire tourism body has resigned following an expenses scandal that has led to councils withdrawing financial support.
Doubts over new taxes to fund Commonwealth Games
New forms of tax are unlikely to fill a £40m hole in funding for the Commonwealth Games budget, councillors in Birmingham have been told.
Leading regeneration in coastal communities
Great Yarmouth is one of just five ‘future places’ in England selected for a new programme to showcase and support councils with ambitious visions for shaping their areas’ futures, says Sheila Oxtoby.
A taxing problem
Heather Jameson looks at the latest report from the IFS’s Local Government Finance Commission, which suggests a local income tax would be the best option for fiscal devolution.
Edinburgh votes in favour of tourism tax
Edinburgh city councillors have voted in favour of what could be the UK’s first tourism tax.
Call for tourism tax review
An inquiry into cultural investment in cities has called for a UK-wide review of the benefits of a tourism tax.
LGA to build case for tourism tax
Smith Square is to commission further research as it looks to build a ‘very strong case’ for a tourism levy that could generate £12bn.
Public backs Edinburgh’s tourist tax
A consultation has found 85% of residents strongly support the introduction of a tourist tax in Edinburgh.
The introduction of Tourism Tax in the UK – what could it mean for local councils?
Councils across the UK will need to ensure any tourism taxes they propose maintain their competitiveness in the market, and they will need to provide clarity to stakeholders on how the funds will be used, says Rory Alexander.
Business backs Edinburgh tourism tax
Seven out of 10 Edinburgh businesses back plans for a tourism tax in the city, a survey has found.
Dawes invites tourism tax call
Marsham Street has given its clearest indication yet that it could be open to considering council calls for a tourism tax.
SOLACE Summit: Dawes rejects NHS cash grab idea
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s (MHCLG) top civil servant has encouraged council chief executives to be bold in their asks from Whitehall.
Conference hears tourist tax call
The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) has used its annual conference to call for fiscal devolution, including a tourist tax.
Scotland to consult on tourist tax
The Scottish Government will consult on the benefits of enabling councils to charge tourist taxes.
Edinburgh publishes tourist tax plan
A tourist tax of 2% or £2 per night is being proposed in Edinburgh, raising £11m per year for the city council.
Scottish Government resists calls for tourist tax
The Scottish Government has dashed councils’ hopes of gaining powers to introduce a tourist tax.
Grayson, meet Tinie
Cross-dressing artist Grayson Perry goes to the parts of the UK where even rap artists have feared to tread.
COSLA in tourism tax call
The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities’ (COSLA) president today called for more financial power for councils, starting with the discretion to introduce a tourism tax.