Labour could charge £75 for a holiday in Wales, according to Welsh Conservatives

01, September 2022

Welsh Conservatives have warned the average family could face a £75 charge from the industry opposed tourism tax, currently being consulted upon. 

Commenting on the news, Welsh Conservative Shadow Tourism Minister, Tom Giffard MS said:  “The Labour Government have held the threat of a tourism tax over the heads of the Welsh tourism industry for too long, with no indication of how much this will cost businesses and visitors.

“The estimates we have produced for the potential cost to families and businesses are staggering. It is no wonder that we are seeing more and more firms come out against Labour’s tone-deaf policy.

“Livelihoods will be at risk if Labour go ahead with this new tax as 1-in-7 jobs rely on the tourism industry. There is still time to reconsider and listen to industry voices who are clearly united against this policy.”

The Wales Tourism Alliance (WTA) said many feared the tax would lead to fewer visitors as businesses struggled to cope with rising energy bills.

However, the Welsh government argues tourism levies were common across the world and could improve local services.

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