MacKay Hannah

Scotland's New Tourism Tax: Exploring the challenges and opportunities of the new levy


0830-0930 Registration and Refreshments
0930-0935 Chair's Opening Remarks
Session One: The Strategic Picture - Context, Drivers, Purpose
0935-0955 Keynote Address
0955-1005 Question and Answer Session
1005-1025 A Tourist Tax: Why now? 
Cllr Adam McVey, Leader, Edinburgh City Council
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  • The case for Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh and the Scottish tourism economy
  • Implications and opportunties for local government more widely
1025-1055 The Wider Picture: Council perspectives and an enabling power
  • What is local government seeking?
  • What would legislation need to cover?
  • Where are the red lines for local government and tourism - how can they be accommodated?
1055-1115 Discussion
1115-1135 Refreshment Break
Session Two: Delivering a Workable Model - Getting Design of Governance and Operational Function Right
1135-1155 Designing a Tourist Levy
  • Achieving a stable, fair and workable tax
  • What models should be considered?
  • What could be taxed: people, places, exemptions, tapers and other variables
  • What has been done elsewhere and what has been learned?
1155-1215 Operational Challenges: A Provider Perspective
  • Implementing change in a large hotel group
  • Long term planning considerations
  • Challenges, risks and associated costs
1215-1235 How it Works in Practice: Experience across many schemes
  • Experience of a booking agent across multiple cities and schemes
  • What works well
  • What lessons to learn
  • The process of implementing change
1235-1255 Discussion Session
1255-1340 Lunch 
1340-1345 Chair's Welcome Back
Session Three: Broader Challenges for Local Government
1345-1405 Understanding the Benefits of Fiscal Devolution: Workplace parking levy
Councillor David Mellen, Leader, Nottingham City Council
  • How Nottingham's scheme works
  • The relationship between revenue generation and climate change
  • Lessons from early adopters
1405-1425 Legal questions and challenges in delivering fiscal devolution
Jackie McGuire, Partner, Brodies LLP
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  • Considerations on operational challenges for a new tax
  • Delivering effective registration, compliance and administration
  • Balancing operation cost and revenue with the demands upon the tax base
1425-1445 Discussion Panel – The Opportunity and Need for Further Change?

Cllr Cammy Day, Deputy Leader, City of Edinburgh Council
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Business representative

Accomodation industry representative
1445-1450 Chair's Closing Remarks

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I was drawn to this briefing by the quality of speaker line up. All speakers were excellent and there was good coverage on all topics.

Andrew Wilson, Charlotte Street Partners,
Fraser of Allander Scotland's Budget Briefing, 26 September 2017