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Budget hotel chain boss backs Conservative opposition to Bed Tax

02 August 2006
Budget hotel chain boss backs Conservative opposition to Bed Tax

The boss of budget hotel chain Travelodge has cheered the Conservative Party's attack on proposals to introduce a Bed Tax.

Grant Hearn, chief executive, said the Bed Tax proposed by Sir Michael Lyons as part of a wider local government review would lead to a consumer backlash if introduced.

"It is great to see the opposition party fighting this ridiculous tax," he said.

Research conducted by Travelodge found 85% of UK consumers already perceive domestic breaks to be too expensive.

The study of 2,000 UK consumers also found 77% would be more likely to holiday overseas given the extra cost of a bed tax, and 67% would reduce the length of their UK break.

For more news, comment and letters on bed tax visit the home page here >>

Minister welcomes protests over bed tax >>

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Industry protests against plans for Scottish bed tax >>

By Chris Druce

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