Welsh Conservatives are urging Labour ministers and their coalition pals in Plaid Cymru to drop controversial plans to introduce a tourism tax in Wales.
The Labour administration announced today (Feb 10) that a formal consultation on proposals for a tourism tax will launch in the autumn.
The levy was proposed in the last Senedd but due to widespread anger in the industry and Welsh Conservative opposition, the proposals were dropped.
Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport, Tom Giffard MS, said:
“Our economy is in a very fragile state at the moment and instead of working to get it fired up again, Labour and their nationalist friends in Plaid Cymru are actively seeking to damage it.
“A tourism tax poses grave dangers for Wales. Not only would it be devastating for businesses and our economy, but it would also leave jobs hanging in the balance.
“Labour and Plaid’s priorities are completely skewed. They should be focusing their energy on delivering a strong economic recovery after the pandemic rather than penalising businesses at this critical time.
“It is imperative Labour ministers drop this barmy plan before people’s livelihoods are hit.”