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Controversial tourist tax for Edinburgh finally put to bedAfter an intense exchange of words which has lasted almost ten years, the local council in Edinburgh have finally decided to throw out controversial tourist tax after admitting it wasn’t a viable option.

The proposed idea was for hoteliers to add a small fee to guests staying the night in the capital. The money raised, believed to be more than £5 million per year, could have helped to fund the major festivals and events that take place in the Scottish capital annually, such as the Edinburgh Fringe or the New Year Hogmanay celebrations.

Fortunately for tourists, hoteliers have strongly opposed the strategy, stating that the idea would be completely anti-business and bad news for everyone involved in the city’s tourism scene.

It is fantastic news for anybody looking to stay in any of the hotels in Edinburgh in the coming months, meaning prices of hotels rooms aren’t set to rise anytime in the future.

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