The view from the Chairman
Dermot King, the chairman of the Campaign to Cut Tourism VAT, wrote a comment piece in Travel Weekly, arguing for Tourism VAT to be cut to 5% to bring Britain in line with competitor destinations. The full text and a link to the article is below. Tourism is a strategic industry for the UK economy;…..Read more
Bob Seely MP asks for UK wide study on reduction in Tourism VAT
Last week, the new Member of Parliament for the Isle of Wight, Bob Seely MP asked the Government to investigate the benefits of a reduction in Tourism VAT in the United Kingdom as a whole. Andrea Leadsom MP, the Leader of the House of Commons, recommended that he applies to hold a debate about how coastal communities like the…..Read more
How would a cut in Tourism VAT help small businesses?
Harry Acland of Notgrove Holidays shares his story, which illustrates vividly how a cut in Tourism VAT would help small or medium sized enterprises (SMEs) like his. Put simply, the current tax environment has made operating the small hospitality business managed by my wife and I in the Cotswolds almost unsustainable. Increasing business rates and high VAT on tourism…..Read more
Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP quizzed about Tourism VAT
Yesterday, during a Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) oral questions session in the House, Alistair Carmichael MP (Lib Dem, Orkney and Shetland) referenced our campaign when asking Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP (Conservative, Staffordshire Moorlands) about whether she is discussing a reduction in Tourism VAT with the Chancellor of the Exchequer. Alistair is a vocal…..Read more
DUP deal: Government to commission report on Tourism VAT in Northern Ireland
Today it was announced that as part of the Conservative-DUP deal, a detailed consultative report will be commissioned into the impact of Tourism VAT on Northern Ireland. VAT on tourism was a key issue in the negotiations. The Republic of Ireland currently enjoys a 9% Tourism VAT rate, compared to a rate of 20% in Northern…..Read more
Election 2017 – Cut Tourism VAT Manifesto Scorecard
The Campaign to Cut Tourism VAT has released a manifesto scorecard, ranking each political party on its tourism policies ahead of the General Election on 8 June. Independent research has shown a reduction in the rate of tourism VAT to 5% will stimulate investment and consumer spending and contribute £4.6 billion to the Exchequer over 10…..Read more
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