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Norwich ‘tourist tax’: City Hall chief not sure it would work

PUBLISHED: 07:56 25 July 2018 | UPDATED: 08:07 25 July 2018

Greens want the city council to explore a 'visitor levy' for tourists staying in Norwich. Pic: Archant.

Greens want the city council to explore a 'visitor levy' for tourists staying in Norwich. Pic: Archant.

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A call for tourists spending the night in Norwich to pay a ‘visitor levy’ would not help local businesses.

This is the view of Norwich City Council’s cabinet member for growth following a query about introducing an additional tax for those visiting the city.

Green councillor David Raby tabled a question to Mike Stonard asking whether the city council would consider joining cities such as Barcelona in charging a city tax to tourists staying in city hotels.

Mr Stonard, however, said: “We need to be mindful in Norwich that we already have a levy, which is raised through Norwich BID and contributes to animating the city.

“I am not sure another levy on top of this would be helpful to local businesses.

“However, there is some national research and discussion looking at the pros and cons of tourism taxes and we will watch that with interest.

“But ultimately, I fear more taxes just absolve and distract the government from tackling proper central funding of public services.”

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