Submission Documents: By Councillor Malcolm Cunning:- "Council notes that Glasgow is the cultural and economic powerhouse of Scotland, attracting over two million tourists to our city every year to visit our cultural institutions and attend the world-leading events that the city hosts, including most recently the European Championships and the Commonwealth Games in 2014. Tourism is of vital importance to the city of Glasgow and the wider region, and is estimated to be worth over 500m to the Glasgow economy, supporting 30,000 jobs. Council further notes the recent announcement by COSLA that Scottish Local Authorities should be given powers to introduce a 'Transient Visitors Tax', and that the design and level of such a tax should be set by the Local Authority in question, after significant engagement. This announcement comes after successive budget consultations undertaken by this Council have shown support for the broad principle of a Transient Visitors Tax. Council believes that, in light of the city's target for a million more tourists by 2023, tourism will continue to grow in the city and grow in economic value. However, while the city's economy benefits from growing tourism, it is Glasgow's citizens that bear the costs associated with tourism, and that no part of the income generated can at present be systematically reinvested to support the necessary infrastructure. Council therefore believes that the introduction of a Transient Visitors Tax would allow for greater investment in those assets that attract and support visitors to the city, and help to improve the quality of services that the city is able to provide. Council believes that a flat rate levy of 1 a night could raise a much needed 4m for the city over a year, or that a levy of 5% of the room cost could raise more than three times that amount. Council therefore resolves to support COSLA's calls for the power to be devolved to Scottish Local Authorities and further instructs the Chief Executive of the Council to write to the Scottish Government's Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government, and the First Minister, detailing this Council's support for these proposals." Help Icon

This is the list of documents available for the submission By Councillor Malcolm Cunning:- "Council notes that Glasgow is the cultural and economic powerhouse of Scotland, attracting over two million tourists to our city every year to visit our cultural institutions and attend the world-leading events that the city hosts, including most recently the European Championships and the Commonwealth Games in 2014. Tourism is of vital importance to the city of Glasgow and the wider region, and is estimated to be worth over 500m to the Glasgow economy, supporting 30,000 jobs. Council further notes the recent announcement by COSLA that Scottish Local Authorities should be given powers to introduce a 'Transient Visitors Tax', and that the design and level of such a tax should be set by the Local Authority in question, after significant engagement. This announcement comes after successive budget consultations undertaken by this Council have shown support for the broad principle of a Transient Visitors Tax. Council believes that, in light of the city's target for a million more tourists by 2023, tourism will continue to grow in the city and grow in economic value. However, while the city's economy benefits from growing tourism, it is Glasgow's citizens that bear the costs associated with tourism, and that no part of the income generated can at present be systematically reinvested to support the necessary infrastructure. Council therefore believes that the introduction of a Transient Visitors Tax would allow for greater investment in those assets that attract and support visitors to the city, and help to improve the quality of services that the city is able to provide. Council believes that a flat rate levy of 1 a night could raise a much needed 4m for the city over a year, or that a levy of 5% of the room cost could raise more than three times that amount. Council therefore resolves to support COSLA's calls for the power to be devolved to Scottish Local Authorities and further instructs the Chief Executive of the Council to write to the Scottish Government's Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government, and the First Minister, detailing this Council's support for these proposals.".

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Item Minute - 13 September 2018 Minute Public Open Document in PDF Format
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