Tourism levy consultation
Highland welcomes over six million visitors a year, including day visitors, and cruise passengers. Whilst all visitors are welcome, we need to manage the effects these large numbers are having on the region’s services, resources and infrastructure.
A Transient Visitor Levy (TVL) is one option we are considering for raising income to manage the impact of tourism and help us invest to make sure the region continues to be a great place to live and visit.
It is estimated that a Highland Transient Visitor Levy could generate £5 – £10 million each year, depending on how a scheme was designed.
Highland Council consultation
Our consultation is now closed. It ran for over 2 months – between 15 August and 20 October 2019.
We want to thank all respondents for taking the time to submit their views on whether a TVL scheme should be used in Highland and in what manner.
You can read this summary report of our pre-consutation sessions: Transient Visitor Levy pre-consultation.
We will now analyse the results of the consultation. A paper will then be presented to a future meeting of the Highland Council.
Scottish Government consultation
The Scottish Government has committed to introducing legislation to enable local authorities to introduce a Transient Visitor Levy should they chose to.
They are running a National Consultation until 2 December 2019. You can respond to this survey at the gov.scot website.
We will also submit a response to the Scottish Government to ensure Highland’s unique circumstances and consultation are represented in the National Consultation.