Start saving a little extra travellers! The British city of Bath is hoping to earn a little extra moolah off of its thousands of visitors every year with the introduction of a new tourist tax.

Local leaders are apparently planning to pitch the visitor fee to the government in order to raise extra cash. It’d be the city’s second attempt at launching a tourist tax, after being previously denied, The Guardian reported.

If approved, the charge could see tourists spending an extra £1 or AU$1.70 on accommodation.


Although the fee doesn’t sound excessive, hoteliers are reportedly reluctant to charge arrivals out of fear that it could drive them away.

Bath’s council leader, Tim Warren, said that he believes the “small fee for overnight stays” is “the way forward” for the city.

Image: Michael D Beckwith/Unsplash

Image: Michael D Beckwith/Unsplash

“This would go to service the tourism budget and funds that would have usually been diverted there would be free to be put to use elsewhere.”

Tim Warren, Bath Council Leader

Bath is the latest in a string of destinations proposing visitor fees, including Hawaii and Greece, which introduced accommodation taxes at the start of 2018.

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What are your thoughts on visitor fees?