Highland Council Tourism Levy Consultation – Briefing Note
- In December 2018, Highland Council committed to consulting residents, businesses and visitors on a potential transient visitor levy scheme.
- On 15thAugust 2019, the consultation was launchedat the Council’s Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee.
- As part of this process, Highland Council published a pre-consultation report to inform their consultation which summarises the main themes of the discussions held between Council officers and representatives of the tourism industry from May and June 2019.
Tourism Levy Consultation
- Highland Council have not yet made a decision as to whether to support the introduction of a transient visitor levy.
- The Council’s rationale for considering TVL is that visitors to the region should contribute to the maintenance and development of free public services and infrastructure they use.
- The Council estimate that a Highland TVL could raise between £5-10m each year to help manage the impact of tourism and to invest in the Highland region.
- The consultation itself consists of two components: (a) an online questionnaire aimed at residents and tourism businesses (and visitors); and (b) targeted face-to-face questionnaires with visitors across the Highlands conducted by researchers from Glasgow Caledonian University.
- The consultation will run until 20thOctober 2019.
- The findings from the visitor survey, open consultation and research will be reported to Full Council on 12 December 2019, before being submitted to the Scottish Government.
Highland Council., Highland Transient Visitor Levy: Lessons from a Pre-Consultation with the tourism industry(2019). Url: http://www.highland.gov.uk/download/downloads/id/21027/tvl_pre-consultation_summary_report.pdf