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Businesses call for halt to city tourism tax plan

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Tourists may have to pay a levy to visit Edinburgh (photo by Terry Murden)


A plan for a tourism tax in Edinburgh has been branded potentially damaging to small businesses.

In a Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) survey of 124 firms in the city, 76% said they were against a levy on tourism and 73% said it would have a negative impact on the local economy.

The city council is drawing up a business case for the tax with the aim of persuading the Scottish government to hand over the power to introduce it.

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