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TV licensing warning as hotels open up

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: February 06, 2013

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HOTELS and guest houses across Gloucestershire have been asked to make sure they have the correct TV licence.

Budget hotels, boutique B&Bs, luxury spa resorts or serviced apartments must all be covered by a valid TV Licence if guests or staff are watching TV as it's broadcast.

For many smaller hotels and guesthouses, the cost of a TV licence is £145.50 a year, the same as a private house.

Hotels with more than 15 rooms are covered by one licence for the first 15 units, but will need an additional licence for every five thereafter.

Warren Carr, spokesman for TV Licensing, said: "The Valentine's weekend is always the first big weekend in the hospitality calendar.

"So while front-of-house staff are ordering extra candles and dozens of red roses it's a great time for hotel managers to get organised for the year and make sure they are correctly licensed."

Hoteliers can pay using BACS or electronic transfer.

For more information about TV licences for hotels, call 0300 790 6124 or visit www.tvlicensing.co.uk/ hotels.

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