She also said she would like to see local businesses such as cafes and restaurants offer reduced rates to fringe workers, and said the moves were needed to help keep the festival accessible and affordable.
Edinburgh residents have previously been urged to offer spares rooms to artists to help make the fringe affordable.
Figures from letting agent Citylets suggest that the average rent in Edinburgh for the third quarter of 2018 was £1,107 per month. Research has shown that Edinburgh Fringe theatremakers earned an average of just £392.15 for their work at the 2018 festival, covering a period of as much as 40 days, with fair-pay campaigners branding the figures “shocking”.
McCarthy said: “We would absolutely love the hotel sector to come to the party in a big way. We would ask them for two things – an allocation of a number of free rooms for artists and performers, and also some rooms on a reduced rate.”
She added: “We would love to see all businesses in the city have special deals for the artists, performers, creatives and support workers who come to the fringe to acknowledge that they are the driving force and the rocket fuel of this festival.”
McCarthy, speaking to the Scotsman, added she would like businesses to offer 30% off to anyone wearing a fringe lanyard.