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Edinburgh tourism tax on the cards for £1 billion city deal

Words: Roger Milne

A ‘tourism tax’ aimed at raising up to £15 million annually for Edinburgh is expected to be given the go-ahead as part of the proposed £1 billion city deal.

Scottish ministers are understood to be supportive in principle of devolving a range of powers to the capital including the ability to set and collect a visitor levy. This would be the first such in the UK .

The charge would see around £1 per night added to a typical hotel bill, according to reports.

The City of Edinburgh Council leader Andrew Burns said he was optimistic that the Edinburgh deal – which includes the three Lothian councils, Fife and the Scottish Borders – would be confirmed as “ongoing” in chancellor George Osborne’s March Budget statement.

He said: “That means it’s in the final period of negotiating the detail and we would expect finalisation in late summer or early autumn.”

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