Edinburgh looks likely to become the first UK city to introduce a special tourist levy as it struggles to cope with a surge in visitors.

The city council is campaigning to introduce a “bed tax” of £1 or £2 per night on hotel rooms and short-stay lets, including Airbnb, and the estimated £27m it raises per year will be used to improve infrastructure, and counter growing resident resentment around shabby public spaces and disruption.

Edinburgh’s hotels have the second-highest occupancy rate in the UK, at 82%, and supporters believe the levy may be in force within two years.

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