The creation of an Aberdeen tourist tax is one of the proposals being considered as part of a cultural action plan for Aberdeen.
The city council has created its own cultural strategy for 2018-2028 and an action plan has been created by Culture Aberdeen – a group of organisations operating within the city.
The document states Culture Aberdeen will push for the creation of a “bed-night levy” to support investment in cultural events to attract visitors.
Councillor Marie Boulton, the local authority’s culture spokeswoman, said: “Culture is the fastest growing industry in the UK and they (Culture Aberdeen) recognise resources are required.
“The support of a levy makes culture affordable to everybody.
“It’s quite common practice in cities in Europe and America.
“If we want people to come we have to have something that’s worth coming to.”
Aberdeen City Council is among the authorities which have expressed an interest in introducing such a tax in recent years as many areas struggle to cope with the soaring number of visitors. Cities including Barcelona, New York and Paris are among those who implement a tourist tax for visitors.
The action plan also says efforts will be made to lobby for empty space in the city to be made available for creative use, along with identifying under-used spaces within current venues and exploring how they can be made available.
Other proposals involve looking at setting up accommodation “pods” to house visiting artists and actors and also supporting emerging talent in the city through talent development programmes.
Cllr Boulton said: “It’s something we have talked about for some time now and the opportunity of trying to find a way of providing and marketing these towards the cultural industry.
“Sometimes we can’t get shows to come because of the cost to the people performing so we’re looking at a model where we could provide pods for creatives.”
Councillors on the local authority’s city growth and resources committee have been asked to endorse the strategy when they meet on Tuesday.
This is the first time a collective action plan across the cultural sector in Aberdeen has been developed.