Councils look for tourist tax powers

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bath council craves the authority to price a ‘tourist tax’ on visitors to the World Heritage Site

A tourist tax could be imposed on visitors to some of the UK’s leading destinations if cash-strapped parliaments get their way.

Bath requires the power to impose a PS1-per-night charge to allow the authority to “put the frosting back on the cake” after years of business restraints.

The Scottish Highlands and Aberdeen are among others considering a levy.

But industry anatomies have warned the proposals could stumble the wider tourism industry hard.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Pilgrim to Bath could be charged a PS1-per-night levy

Bath and North East Somerset Council has asked central government for the authority to “introduce a levy on local tourism and short-term holiday lettings”.