Your average local in Edinburgh takes advantage of all the local amenities and pays around £1200 a year council tax, £3 or £4 a day in local taxes. Your average tourist currently takes advantage of the same local amenities and pays nothing. A pound or two a day doesn't seem, to me, to be unreasonable although as I said earlier I'd like to see something based on percentages.
I'm off to San Francisco tomorrow:
"Sales tax is 8.75 percent; hotel fees in San Francisco include 14 percent occupancy tax and 1–1.5 percent Tourism Improvement District assessment (depending on the location of the property)."
I knew they did it so I just looked it up (jings I didn't realise how much but puts a quid a day into perspective) but it didn't cross my mind when deciding to go.
When I'm abroad I don't mind, I think it's fair I chip in. I see no reason visitors to Edinburgh shouldn't do the same.