Campaign Chairman addresses Hospitality Exchange
Dermot King, addressed Northern Ireland industry leaders at a Panel Debate alongside Ruth Andrews, Donal Durkan and Ciaran O’Neill on Wednesday 18th October at NIHF’s Hospitality Exchange in Belfast. Dermot called for tourism to have its own ‘separate ministry and portfolio to reflect the sector’s status as the fourth largest industry in the UK’.
He said ‘The industry in Northern Ireland should be angry that tourism spend per head in the Republic was three times that of Northern Ireland and that was largely driven by the VAT difference of 9% against 20%. This has meant that in spite of the brilliant work of hospitality providers, tourism promotion bodies and many beautiful sites and interesting attractions, tourism revenues south of the border are eight times higher than they are in Northern Ireland. I welcome the UK government’s consultative report into the impact of VAT on Tourism in Northern Ireland which will not only show the benefits to Northern Ireland of a reduction, but the benefits to the whole UK’.
Following the Panel Dermot joined Wendy Austin, of BBC Radio Ulster’s ‘Inside Business’, to further discuss the opportunities of the Government consultation on Tourism VAT for Northern Ireland.
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