I had planned to visit Edinburgh for a few days and was sent a booklet on accommodation by the Edinburgh & Lothian Tourist Board.
A three-star hotel charges for bed and breakfast per person in a shared room pounds 45-pounds 55, while a single person has to pay pounds 80-pounds 90. In a four-star hotel the prices per person in a shared room are pounds 65-pounds 87.50, for a single pounds 105-pounds 110. The corresponding prices in another four-star hotel are pounds 59-pounds 111 and pounds 118-pounds 183.50.
Some hotels, mainly in the one- and two-star categories, do not make any, or only moderate, surcharges.
I hope that the consumer affairs and tourism ministers will be able to persuade hotels that blatant discrimination against single travellers is not in the long-term interest of the tourist industry.
Dr EVA WITTENBERG