United Kingdom VAT rate for accommodation almost double EU average
The Campaign for Reduced Tourism VAT has collated the latest set of EU VAT rates for the tourism sector covering hotel accommodation, admissions to cultural services, amusement parks, restaurants and catering services. This update shows that the average EU VAT rate for hotel accommodation was 10.8% – almost half the rate applied in the United…..Read more
Campaign makes case for VAT reduction on Radio 4
Ufi Ibrahim, Chief Executive of the British Hospitality Association spoke as one of the supporters of the Campaign for Reduced Tourism VAT during an interview on the consumer affairs programme You and Yours. The interview can be listened to online.
Reducing Tourism VAT would help achieve Government 2020 ambition for exports
The Campaign for Reduced Tourism VAT has highlighted the potential of the tourism sector to help achieve the Government’s target of doubling exports to £1 trillion by 2020. In its Mid-Term Review, published today, the Government stated it would use “every means at [its] disposal” in order to achieve the export target. The tourism industry…..Read more
Poor figures mean increasing ‘tourism deficit’ for United Kingdom
Industry leaders reinforced the call for a lower rate of VAT for the tourism sector as latest data showed an increasing ‘tourism deficit’ for the United Kingdom. The past two economic quarters suffered a consecutive 4 per cent drops in overseas visits – despite the presence of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London. Ufi…..Read more
Campaign Manager Appointed
The Campaign announced today that Vernon Hunte would begin the new role to support the drive for a reduced rate of VAT for the tourism sector. Vernon Hunte, a public affairs professional, spent over two years in the office of Keith Vaz MP, chairman of the Home Affairs Committee, as well as three years as…..Read more
Open letter to Chancellor of the Exchequer gains national media coverage
Graham Wason, Chair of the Campaign to Reduce Tourism VAT was one of ten industry leaders who signed the open letter to the Chancellor urging him to reduce the level of VAT. The letter noted that the Treasury’s own models demonstrated a reduced rate of VAT would be revenue neutral and contribute £4 billion each…..Read more
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