THE EVENTS company behind the world famous Hogmanay celebrations has today called for a tax on Edinburgh’s hotels to help pay for the lavish New Year party.
Peter Irvine is the director of Unique Events, the company which organizes the event, and speaking to MSP’s he explained his reasoning.
"Hogmanay needs money and we are the only show in town, there are no conferences at the end of December, no business travel," he said.
"There`s no tourists going anywhere else, they`re all coming to this city for this festival.”
Hogmanay attracts thousands of visitors to the Scottish capital for a couple of days at a time when, Irvine claims, the city was previously “like a ghost town”.
Irvine continued: "The budget we have has been the same for years.
"Those particular two days they are in Edinburgh for this festival, and you think why shouldn`t there be an hotel tax
"It would add up to a considerable amount of money and that should go directly into the festival.”
Mr Irvine, who was giving evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee as part of its tourism inquiry, suggested a £1 per room tax.