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Will you now be taxed for being a tourist?

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A popular UK holiday destination will become the first coastal region to introduce a “tourist tax“. 

In a consultation by the Accommodation Business Improvement District (ABID), hotels voted in favour of the levy.

Under the new tax, guests staying in larger hotels will have to pay an extra £2 levy per room, per night.

The tax is predicted to generate £12m over the next five years. 

But which tourist hotspots are charging a fee, and when will this tax start?

Which UK holiday spots will start taxing tourists?

Visitors to Dorset (Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole) will be taxed from July 1.

Funds made through the tax will be used to help sustain and develop events such as Bournemouth Air Festival, Arts by the Sea, Poole Christmas Maritime, and Christmas Tree Wonderland.

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council has previously announced cost-cutting measures including an end to subsidies for the resort’s annual air festival after 2024, and an end to paying for entries to the Blue Flag beach award scheme.

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