Mark Payne, chairman of the Bristol Hoteliers Association, has described a proposed tourism tax, a small per night charge for visitors staying in the city, as potentially having a ‘devastating effect’ on businesses, and has instead suggested a major focus on properties renting rooms on Airbnb.


Hoteliers said that being one of the first cities in the UK to introduce a tax on tourists would affect the tourism industry, hotels, pubs, shops, cafes and visitor attractions.


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