Tourism tax “backward step” parks tell BBC Wales


The owner of a major holiday parks group in Wales has tourism tax.

Speaking on BBC’s Sunday Politics Wales programme, Thomas Scarrott said that such a move would undermine all the fantastic work done by the Welsh Government tourism.

Thomas’s warning came during a filmed interview at Grondre Holiday Park in Pembrokeshire, one of seven holiday parks owned by his family’s Vale Holiday Parks.

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But Thomas tor levy would hit not just accommodation providers such as his parks.

It would also have a damaging knock-on effect on the many businesses which rely on the tor attractions.


Many of these, said Thomas, are smaller family-owned businesses such as Vale Holidays which sustain thousands of jobs throughout Wales.

The programme reported industry figures which show that to the Welsh economy with more than 10 million overnight stays being recorded annually.

Thomas believes that this is evidence of Wales’s appeal as a holiday destination, and of the success of the Welsh Government in wooing visitors from elsewhere in the UK and overseas.

He highlighted this year’s £5m Visit Wales’ Year of Legends campaign which, he said, did a great job in promoting the many different experiences on offer tors.

The only possible consequence of a tourism businesses.

Thomas’s family has been involved with the parks industry for almost 50 years, providing holiday homes torhomes and tents.

Thomas’s concerns were echoed on the programme by a spokesperson from Pembrokeshire Tourism who said the suggested tax would without doubt deter tourists.

If there was no tors would be heading.

Ministers say they will decide early next year on which of the four possible taxes they would prefer to go-ahead from the UK Government.

Meanwhile, the park industry body BH&HPA and many of its park members in Wales are making urgent representations to Welsh ministers and assembly members.

They point out that such a revenue raising tax would be “entirely self-defeating” in its aims.

The edition of Sunday Politics in Wales which features the report can be viewed on the BBC iPlayer linked below, starting 38 minutes into the programme: