The Welsh Government recently announced that it is considering introducing a tourism tax, which would apply to tourist accommodation in Wales. Although the plans were unveiled in the draft budget, no further details have been supplied.
But a number of businesses in North Wales, particularly those in areas like Llandudno, Colwyn Bay and Rhyl, that rely heavily on tourism have criticised the plans, saying that they could seriously damage the tourism industry in the region.
An article for North Wales Pioneer highlighted many of the objections to the suggestion, with Clwyd West Assembly Member Darren Miller telling the news provider that this kind of tax could put all the regeneration work carried out in these areas “in jeopardy”.
He added that such a tax could “devastate communities and make regeneration efforts in Colwyn Bay, Rhyl and Llandudno even more difficult”.
Chairman of the Llandudno Hospitality Association Berin Jones pointed out that business rate rises have already made life difficult for many small businesses, particularly in rural areas.
He said that he hopes the Welsh government will explore other options, such as a plastic bottle tax, rather than focusing their efforts on a particular industry.
This comes after the North Wales tourism industry received a boost this year in the form of a growing number of Japanese tourists.
As a result of the growing interest from the Far East, tourism chiefs have created a new tourist route - Roads of Castles in Wonderland - to help market the area more effectively.
Newtown, Wrexham, Conwy, Llandudno, Anglesey and the Llyn Peninsula are among the spots that feature on this new travel route.
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