Welsh Labour’s new accommodation database is a precursor to their dreaded Tourism Tax
Economy Minister, Vaughan Gething in an announcement today, set out to justify his proposed statutory licencing scheme for all visitor accommodation in Wales.
Commenting, Shadow Tourism Minister, Tom Giffard MS said:
“I agree that a licencing scheme such as this will provide a comprehensive database to help us better understand the industry so that targeted support, like the kind needed during the Covid pandemic, can be allocated.
“It is clear, however, that this licencing scheme will act as a precursor to the Labour Government’s dreaded tourism tax. A policy that the sector do not want or need, that will risk livelihoods as 1-in-7 jobs rely on tourism.
“With 73% of holiday let owners saying they may quit and those worried about the future of the industry being declared ‘naysayers’ by Labour, it is acutely obvious that they are not interested in enhancing tourism, they want to tax it instead.”