Almost nine out of 10 hoteliers believe a bed tax would hit the UK tourist trade, according to a study by accountant UHY Hacker Young.
The study, which spoke to financial directors on the boards of 17 hotel groups, found that 88% believed a bed tax would reinforce the perception of the UK as a high-cost destination.
David Guest, a partner at UHY Hacker Young, said: "This is another example of a stealth tax on UK business. A bed tax would put the hotel industry under even more pressure following on from increases in the minimum wage and rising business rates. This is at a time when energy costs are also escalating."
The research also revealed that 81 of hoteliers intend to pass on the cost of the proposed bed tax onto their guests.
A UK bed tax, which could add between 5% and 10% to a hotel room rate, was put forward as a suggestion in Sit Michael Lyons' interim report on local government funding.
By Tom Bill