Gwynedd councilor Dyfrig Siencyn believes the county’s taxpayers should not be expected to underwrite facilities used by holidaymakers. In the autumn, a tourism tax, or levy, for those staying overnight in Wales, will be considered in a Welsh Government consultation.
However Ashford Price, membership secretary of the Welsh Association of Visitor Attractions, said tourism businesses are worried and some are withholding investment plans until more is known about the proposed tax.
In an interview with S4C’s current affairs program, Y Byd ar Bedwar, Cllr Siencyn said he also wants to attract the “right kind of visitor” to Snowdonia – those staying overnight and not day-trippers, who bring their own food and contribute little to local economies.
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The Welsh Government has yet to propose the cost of a tourism tax. Such levies are used in other parts of the world and the rate varies widely: in Bulgaria, visitors pay € 0.10 a night, in Belgium, it’s as high as € 7.50.
Around 18,000 people work in Gwynedd’s tourism sector. One is Marian Williams, who is wary of expanding her Ty Newydd campsite and cafe on the Llŷn Peninsula as she has struggled to find local people to work there.
She’s worried a tourism tax will place the business under further pressure. “There’s more paperwork,” she said. “Then people feel like,‘ well no, Wales wants to take more of our money, we’ll stay in England ’.
“I don’t think it’s a good time to do anything extra now. Where will the money go? Often, when things are done, the money goes to places like Cardiff – we don’t see any of it. ”
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