BBPA boss says this is not the time for Manchester tourism tax

The Chief Executive of the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has responded to the introduction of a £1 tourism tax to those staying overnight in Manchester this Saturday.

The money will go towards Manchester Accommodation Business Improvement District (ABID) as part of an improvement programme over the next five years.

Emma McClarkin (pictured) commented, “It is disappointing that Manchester has decided to introduce a tourism tax. Hospitality businesses are already subject to high taxation, and the introduction of this new levy comes just as our sector is also facing extreme pressure from skyrocketing energy costs, rising prices and cost of living crisis.

“Pubs and breweries contribute hugely to tourism in cities across the country, drawing visitors from across the globe. Now is not the time to place additional deterrents on visitors that want to enjoy the hospitality that is the forefront of the UK’s tourism offer.”

It’s estimated the tax will raise over £3m a year, with around 74 hotels and guesthouses already signed up for the scheme.