Tourist taxes

MQT on 2017-06-22
Session date: 
June 22, 2017
Question By: 
Tony Devenish
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The UK Tourism industry competes with the tourism industries of other countries. Given the significantly higher rates of taxation in the UK already in terms of APD and VAT compared to its competitors, don't you feel that the introduction of further charges, such as a bed tax, would put the London tourism industry at an even greater price disadvantage to other major cities?


Answer for Tourist taxes

Answer for Tourist taxes

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am committed to London's government having a broader range of tax powers to deliver the investment the capital needs to drive future growth. As part of this mix, the power to introduce a tourism levy should be devolved to London's government, in line with the recommendations of the London Finance Commission's two reports (2013/2017). This power is common across many of London's competitor cities. The design and implementation of any future levy would need to be carried out in consultation with business. This will ensure it strengthens London's visitor offer and supports the competitiveness of our tourism industry.