Thursday, November 14, 2019
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Residents of Skye are invited to give their views on proposals to introduce a tourist tax.

The Scottish Government is currently consulting on the principles of a locally determined visitor levy and holding a series of information sessions around the country, including two in Skye next week.

Public Finance Minister Kate Forbes said: “The Scottish Government is committed to devolving more power to local authorities as well as taking steps to safeguard the future of Scotland’s vibrant tourism industry.

“That is why we are looking for views from members of the public as well as industry on the principles of a transient visitor levy.

“This will not be a national tax and it will be for individual local authorities to decide whether or not to apply a visitor levy if they consider it appropriate for the local community. Money raised by those local authorities who introduce a levy will be retained by them to invest in local tourism activity, helping to safeguard the sustainability of the industry.

“I would encourage as many people as possible in Skye to attend the information sessions and respond to the consultation to ensure the legislation strengthens local decision making and enhances tourism across Scotland.”

The information sessions are free but limited by venue capacity. To guarantee a space please register on Eventbrite, or call 0131 244 0673.

Tuesday 12 November 13:30:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/transient-visitor-levy-information-session-scottish-government-skye-tickets-73245787121

Tuesday 12 November 18:00:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/transient-visitor-levy-information-session-scottish-government-skye-tickets-73247871355

The consultation is open until 2 December: https://consult.gov.scot/local-government-and-communities/visitor-levy/

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