Proposals to boost local authority revenue through tourist taxes have infuriated the hospitality industry, where light was only just starting to creep into the tunnel. Mike Heiser, senior project manager at the Local Government Association, which suggested the idea, said: "Tourists, particularly those from overseas, place a burden on local services and there is currently no way for them to pay directly for the services that they use from local authorities. This would be a way of tourists to pay for the services they use and for local authorities to benefit from that. "At the moment, they may bring money into an area, which benefits local industries, but local authorities don't see any increased revenue from that. Other countries, such as the US, use this, maybe we should too." Peter Tyrie, the managing director of The Eton Group, said: "It's probably so stupid that they'll do it. I'm continually amazed at the government, which has so many resources and advice available to it, but which never bothers to use listen to them. "There could be nothing worse than sticking a tourist or bed tax onto an already deflated economy, particularly for our American friends." David Orr, the managing director of City Inn, agreed with Tyrie. Orr said: "I cannot believe that it is a good idea to put more obstacles in front of businesses. "Clearly, businesses that perform better are better able to pay their business rates. Putting up more hurdles when we as an industry are just beginning to come to terms with how to attract overseas visitors does not seem to be a logical decision." Other taxes proposed by the local government that would impact the hospitality industry include local congestion charges, localised stamp duty on property transfers and local sales taxes. The proposals are set to conflict with a recent Commons motion calling for the Chancellor to cut the level of VAT on tourism services, including hotels.