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12 February 2019

FSB welcomes Dumfries & Galloway Council’s tourist tax decision

Reference number: SPUR1202

Responding to Dumfries & Galloway Council’s decision to rule out a Transient Visitor Levy, Hisashi Kuboyama, the Federation of Small Businesses’ development manager for Dumfries & Galloway, said: “Our research shows that the vast majority of our members are firmly opposed to a tourist tax, with around four in five firms in the West of Scotland against such measures.

“We have consistently said to decision-makers that a tourist tax would increase the administrative burden for hard-pressed smaller firms in the accommodation sector. Therefore we welcome the council’s decision to rule out a new levy.

“Tourism in Dumfries & Galloway is a key sector, with nearly 700,000 overnight visitors spending more than £170m annually. However, tourism is an extremely competitive sector, and a tourist tax could send a wrong message to potential visitors that they are not welcome here. This measure underlines the message that Dumfries & Galloway values and welcomes tourists.”