Edinburgh City Council will launch a year-long consultation on its plans to levy a £2/night tax per tourist for all types of accommodation, including short-term lets, capped at seven nights, which it says will raise an extra £11m a year to be spent on the city’s tourism.

The Scottish government is insisting the long-term interests of the hospitality industry are fully recognised, while the council promotes any charge as being fair to the industry, residents and tourists alike, and be simple, efficient and transparent.

Marketing Edinburgh research conducted with 519 of the city’s residents and 561 paying overnight visitors – more than half of those from outside the UK – found broad support for the levy.

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