VALE of Glamorgan council leader said she does not intend to introduce a tourism tax after the Welsh Government launched a consultation on the contentious issue.
Cllr Liz Burnett said “the Council has no plans to introduce a tourism levy in the Vale of Glamorgan.
The Welsh Government today launched a public consultation on the proposed levy, which would be a small charge paid by people staying overnight in accommodation in Wales.
Cllr Burnett added:
“We understand that the proposal is to give discretion to councils as to whether they do and we are not minded to at the moment.”
The Vale of Glamorgan is a popular destination for tourists coming from across the border in England and other parts of Wales, with the county’s coastal walks and beaches attracting thousands of visitors every year.
It is hoped that the money raised through a tourism tax can be re-invested in the improvement of the area where it is levied.
This investment could be in keeping the beaches and pavements clean, or in the maintenance of local parks, toilets and footpaths.
The newly launched consultation seeks views on who should pay a levy, who would be charging and collecting the levy, how the levy could be best applied and how revenues from the tax could be allocated.
Minister for Finance and Local Government, Rebecca Evans, said she hopes the tax, if approved, can encourage a more “sustainable approach for tourism”.
The Welsh Government said that forming any proposals for a visitor levy into legislation, and then into delivery and implementation, could take a number of years and would be subject to Senedd approval.