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Taxing tourists would be sheer madness


Here’s a question: should a shop sell its wares at an all-inclusive price that covers the cost of the goods, running costs, VAT and profit, or should it display its prices and, below them on the label, add a charge to cover the cost of the customer’s feet wearing out the flooring?

The answer, of course, is that customers expect to pay all-inclusive prices. They do not expect to have additional charges added to keep floors in good nick.

The same principle applies to the British population when enjoying our leisure time. We visit, we spend money on goods and services, and we leave with happy memories. Local businesses benefit from our expenditure and governments at all levels benefit from the tax revenues that flow from it.

In return, businesses must invest to ensure they best meet the needs of their target markets, and governments must invest in the essential infrastructure necessary to support our visits on things such as roads, car parks and public toilets.

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