What the English have said about being accused of coming to Wales

Welsh plans for a visitor’s tax on overnight stays have started to cause controversy across the border. Welsh Government plans aim to help provide funds to local authorities to meet the costs of infrastructure and visitor services.

The tax will be paid by people of all nationalities, including people from Wales, but it has been described as ‘reflecting an anti-English agenda’ by Ashford Price, membership secretary for the Welsh Association of Visitor Attractions, who said tourism businesses were concerned. and some are holding back their investment plans until more is known.

The Manchester Evening News reported on the controversy telling its readers that Manchester residents would soon have to pay a tax to visit Wales. It generated more than a thousand comments. Many have claimed that this will deter them from visiting our beautiful country.

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Jade Nicolson said: “I go to Wales a lot, especially on holidays with the kids. It would really put me off as I spend a lot when I’m there.”

Melanie Graham also called it a “dumb idea”. She said: “Then they will tax fresh air. Wales is a beautiful place with some fantastic places to visit, but the rising cost of living will see fewer people afford holidays as they are. are, especially when the prices can be tripled in half-term school for the same holiday during school term.

Jenny Alcock said: “Surely visiting Wales we pay for things while we’re there so they get a lot of income just for our visit. Fuel, food, tourist shops, restaurants. How ridiculous!”

And Norma Fraser said: “Well, I think Wales is beautiful and I’ve booked 2 holidays there this year. However, I could think of alternatives for years to come. After all, there there are other equally picturesque places.”

Christine Broomhead said: “Who comes up with these insane plans, it’s all set to be more expensive to holiday in Wales than on the Costa Brava. Also, what about day trippers, that doesn’t say anything about what topic, I love Wales but not enough to pay to go.”

Meanwhile, Graham Snell had slightly different views. He said: “It’s commonplace abroad in places like Mallorca. Business in Wales can generate VAT and corporation tax, but that’s not usually found in the country. local economy, which means that the infrastructure must be covered by local taxation.

“Imagine if you lived in an area that attracts tens of thousands of visitors and you had to pay an additional council tax to cover all the extra maintenance? usually a nominal amount that isn’t going to break the bank.”

James Sheppard added: “First of all, it’s a tax on holidaymakers. And guess what? Spain and many other countries are doing it too, but we keep going. Why? Because that we don’t notice it’s a tiny fraction that on an individual basis doesn’t matter, but on a macro basis it allows the country to invest in infrastructure that improves the vacation experience for everyone the world.”

Meanwhile, William Wild said something rather charming, adding: “I would always go – I love the mountains of Wales.”

Others have criticized Welsh Government plans to raise taxes on second home owners, which will see second home owners asked to pay council tax premiums of up to 300 per cent. Lyn Panell said: ‘I’m not a ‘wealthy’ landlord and keep the rent ‘fair’ and keep the property in top condition for my tenant in an area where there aren’t enough rentals to meet demand .Not everyone can afford a mortgage and therefore need rental properties.At this rate rentals will be non-existent.I understand council tax has to be paid but 300%??? crazy !!!”

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