Visitors to Liverpool could be charged a tourist tax under new plans proposed by city councillors.
Councillor Roy Gladden and Cllr Joann Kushner are suggesting the city adopts the principal of a small charge – similar to that levied in several European countries.
The motion has been submitted for debate at a meeting of Liverpool City Council next Wednesday (16 January).
According to a document to be consider during the town hall assembly, Liverpool’s sport and cultural programmes have generated £100 million since 2008 and resulted in full hotels, restaurants and bars.
Within the motion Cllrs Gladden and Kushner say: “The worldwide appeal of the Giants, World Boccia, International Netball, Red Bull Drifters, Fusion Festival, Cruise Liner Terminal to name just a few of the international events that have brought millions of tourist to the City since 2008.
“These outstanding events have, over the past 10 years since the Capital of Culture, led to a huge increase in tourism, which has seen many new hotels, restaurants, bars and bistros etc within the city centre. This has created £100 million plus economic impact to the city resulting in full hotels, restaurants and bars.
“This economic impact whilst creating many jobs, also needs to ensure appropriate training for some of the skilled professionals required is open to all residents across the city.
“With this in mind this council believes that the City should adopt the principal of a small charge, (Tourist Tax) that is prevalent in many international cities throughout the world.”
The motion notes that it’s currently not permitted for local government to impose a ‘tourist tax’ upon hoteliers and restaurateurs, so until the law is changed a voluntary scheme is proposed.
The idea of a hotel bed tax to support culture and tourism in Liverpool was mooted in February 2018 with Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram suggesting the Liverpool City Region could be a pilot area for such a levy.