Monday, December 17, 2018
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A public consultation on the introduction of a tourist tax is to be held in 2019.

Highland Council will hold the consultation and say that during their public engagement activity in November, there was support for a possible tourist levy.

At a meeting of The Highland Council held yesterday (Thursday 13 December) in Inverness, Members agreed that in addition to the Council submitting its response to the Local Governance Review on tourism taxes - being carried out by the Scottish Government and Cosla – the Council will highlight that it is to carry out its own consultation on the issue of a tourism levy.

The proposed consultation will commence in early 2019 and be completed in the spring.

Highland Council Convener, Bill Lobban, said: “We are already hearing in our engagement with the public that people are interested in new opportunities to make the most of tourism economy in the Highlands. A local consultation will help us to gauge the level of support for a tourist levy here, which could provide the means for improving our infrastructure and protecting and enhancing our environment.”

A Skye campsite earned Gold in the Great Outdoors Magazine Awards.

Glenbrittle Campsite was described as "the perfect base for some of Britain's finest hill-walking."

The campsite fought off competition from other campsites in the Lake District, North Yorkshire and the Isle of Arran to take the gold award.

Glenbrittle is also known for its Cuillin Coffee Company.

The campsite team stated: "Thanks to all our happy campers and coffee lovers who reviewed us!"

Head chef at The Three Chimneys is making a return to the MasterChef kitchen.

Scott Davies is the only contestant from Scotland, taking part in MasterChef: The Professionals Rematch, due to broadcast on BBC Two on Thursday 27 December.

In this one-off festive special, the MasterChef judges catch up with five former MasterChef: The Professionals finalists whose careers have been transformed by the competition, before inviting them back to the MasterChef kitchen for one last battle to impress.

Scott, who joined The Three Chimneys in June 2015, is visited at the restaurant by judge Gregg Wallace – five years after he first appeared on MasterChef: The Professionals, finishing runner-up in the 2013 series.

Scott said: "My time on Masterchef: The Professionals is one of the highlights of my career to date, and I'm thrilled to be returning to the competition this Christmas.

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