Starting tomorrow, Manchester, England will start charging a £1 per night fee for overnight visitors to the city, with the expectation of raising about £3 million a year. It's the first British city to charge such a tax.
The initiative will help fund the new Manchester Accommodation Business Improvement District, or ABID, which is designed to “improve the visitor experience” and “support future growth of the visitor economy” over the next five years.
The fee doesn't cover the whole city; it will be charged by hotels and rental apartments within the city center.
Manchester may not be the only for long; Edinburgh, Scotland made plans a few years ago for a £2 a night tourism tax, and it is expected to be implemented soon.