UK hotels say no to euro “bed tax”


The UK hotel industry has hit back at suggestions that a “bed tax” could soon be charged to UK holiday goers.

The move comes following the introduction the latest “bed tax” in Venice which will only add to the growing cost of a holiday abroad.

And with the UK enjoying a boost in holiday goers opting to stay in the UK, the Hotel industry is keen to avoid an additional bed tax charge for customers.

The notion of a bed tax was first proposed back in 2007 by Birmingham councillor Sir Michael Lyons as a way of generating funds.

The tax would see holiday goers, using UK hotels, charged an additional fee for every night they spend in the hotel.

The main concern focuses on the fact that such a bed tax could damage the UK holiday industry.

The plans would see UK holiday goers punished with higher prices whilst those travelling abroad would pay less.

Furthermore, by stimulating foreign economies through tourism a dangerous cycle of reduced bookings could play out for the UK Hotel industry.

“The hotel industry is already very heavily taxed both through local authority rates and business rates as well as a 20 per cent rate of VAT on consumers – the second highest in Europe for hotel accommodation,” a British Hospitality Association (BHA) representative explained.

Some UK holiday enthusiasts have argued that the hotel bed tax does offer some benefits, with all funds collected being ploughed back into the local economy.

The Venice proposal for instance, will see an estimated 20 million euros generated.

UK tourism body Destination Bristol went as far as proposing a similar bed tax scheme last month.

But with UK Hotels and holiday goers up in arms over the suggestion and the notion still far from the current government’s agenda, a bed tax is unlikely to come into force any time soon

So for now at least, holiday goers can enjoy the sights and sounds of the UK’s greatest sights from the comfort of our non-bed taxed hotel rooms.

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