Conservative Senedd Candidate for Ceredigion, Amanda Jenner, has called on the Welsh Government to take plans for a tourism tax off the table immediately.
First Minister, Mark Drakeford, said recently he hadn’t ruled out imposing a Tourism Tax.
Commenting on this, Amanda said:
Too many jobs and businesses are at stake here; 4000 in Ceredigion alone, relate to the Tourism sector. Any new Tourism Tax could deter visitors from coming here and hit much needed visitor spend in our local shops, cafes, pubs and tourist attractions.
Across Ceredigion there are some fantastic local tourism businesses and organisations, like the Vale of Rheidol Railway, Devil's Bridge Falls and Aberystwyth Cliff Railway, attracting visitors not just from Wales but from all over the UK.
I recently held a remote meeting with a number of hospitality businesses from across Ceredigion and many of these businesses rely on tourism. They are struggling and have been through a very difficult year with a shortened Summer season and restricted Christmas festivities. I have written to the Welsh Government Minister for Economy directly calling on urgent action for this sector.
We need to be supporting jobs and businesses – especially in the next few months. Not finding new ways to raise taxes. That’s why I’m campaigning for the Welsh Government to scrap all plans for taxes on tourism. You can join me with this campaign here: