London tourists could face \u00a31-a-night \u2018bed tax\u2019 as Camden Council proposes alternative ways to bring in funding.\u00a0\r\n\r\nThe council has said that the funds could raise an extra \u00a35m a year to spend on extra street cleaning in popular tourist areas, such as Camden Lock, the market square located on Regent\u2019s canal.\r\n\r\nSimilar taxes have been adopted in several major European cities, including Paris, Berlin, Barcelona, Venice and Florence.\r\n\r\nTheo Blackwell, Camden\u2019s cabinet member for finance, defended the plan. He told the Guardian: \u201cWe face \u00a370m of government cuts over the next three years. The money would be used to keep our streets clean and maintain and improve the public realm. Currently these budgets face a 20% cut.\u201d\r\n\r\nLocal authorities do not currently have authority to tax hotel stays without new national legislation or a local voluntary agreement.\r\n\r\nCamden Council is expected to launch a campaign in the next few weeks calling for more local spending powers, and is seeking to join with other councils to lobby for the right to impose a tourist levy.\r\n\r\nSeveral other UK councils have sought to introduce a tourist tax in the past, such as Birmingham, Bristol and Edinburgh without success.\r\n\r\nMartin Couchman, deputy CEO of the British Hospitality Association (BHA), said: \u201cProposals for a tourist tax are nothing new and have always been rejected by government. In London there are 90 million bed nights slept by international visitors, yet only 25 million bed nights slept by UK visitors.\r\n\r\n\u201cAny additional tax on top of the existing 20% VAT, which is almost the highest in Europe, would directly discourage international tourists from visiting London.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe levy was also proposed in York in 2012, but was quickly criticised by York hoteliers and the BHA who argued the tax would deter potential visitors away from the city and into nearby towns.