This English city will add a charge for visitors next month
Travelers heading to the United Kingdom may soon pay more for a stay in Manchester, England.
The city will implement a City Visitor Charge on April 1, amounting to a 1 pound charge (about $1.20) per room or unit each night, and will fund the activities of the Manchester Accommodation Business Improvement District, a new initiative led by its hotel and serviced apartment providers.
The charge will be "collected from all paid accommodation establishments that fall into the Manchester ABID zone," according to a news release, and will be added to the final bill for accommodations.
"I've been involved in Business Improvement Districts around the country for a long time, and after years of talking about it, we've finally found a way to apply it to the accommodation sector without creating an additional cost for the hotels and serviced apartments involved – it is all wrapped up in the City Visitor Charge, payable by guests," Annie Brown, the Manchester Accommodation BID's chair, said in the release.
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The money will be used toward marketing campaigns, improving street cleanliness, securing big events, conferences and festivals during low-season months and more.
The charge is not the only fee American visitors to the U.K. can expect to pay. U.S. travelers will soon have to apply for permission and pay a small fee to enter the country as part of its Electronic Travel Authorization scheme.
The changes are slated to be fully implemented by the end of 2023.
Nathan Diller is a consumer travel reporter for USA TODAY based in Nashville. You can reach him at email@example.com.
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