Prospective MEP warns "holiday tax" could damage the region's tourism (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Jobs could be hit by Labour's proposed overnight accommodation tax, says Conservative candidate
AN MEP candidate is warning a “holiday tax” could force North-East hotels out of business.
Ben Houchen, currently a Conservative councillor on Stockton Borough Council but the party’s candidate for Europe, said a new tax on overnight accommodation being proposed by the opposition would threaten jobs across the region’s tourist industry.
He said: “I’m very concerned about Labour’s plans to hammer hard-working people with a new holiday tax. This will push up the cost of living and destroy jobs in many of the picturesque villages, towns and popular tourist destinations across the North-East.
“The North-East is a fantastic place to have a holiday and tourism is Britain’s fifth largest industry. Labour’s plans will make having a holiday here far more expensive, which will drive people elsewhere and do terrible damage to our tourism industry.”
He said that a hotel tax could typically add £140 extra to the cost of a two-week stay in a reasonably-priced hotel, or even more in hotspots like Northumberland, Newcastle or Yarm, near Stockton-on-Tees.
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