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Visitor Levy (Scotland) Bill – PASSED – Tuesday 28 May

Edinburgh skyline towards The Castle.

On Tuesday 28 May, MSPs backed legislation giving councils a new power to introduce a visitor levy.

The Visitor Levy (Scotland) Bill will enable local authorities to apply a levy on overnight stays at some types of accommodation* with all money raised to be reinvested in services and facilities largely used by tourists and business visitors.

Councils that want to introduce a visitor levy will be able to do so after they have consulted with local communities, businesses and tourism organisations, and will be able to decide what the level of the charge should be. 

An 18-month implementation period will then apply before any local authorities can introduce a visitor levy scheme in their area.

*Section 4 of the Bill explains what types of accommodation these could be. 

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