Cut Tourism VAT responds to party manifestos
The Cut Tourism VAT is disappointed that none of the major parties has committed to reducing the tax on tourism which would bring the UK into line with most European countries.
The Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat election manifestos are silent on the issue, although a cut in tourism VAT is Liberal Democrat policy. Plaid Cymru have included a reduction in tourism VAT as an explicit policy in their manifesto, stating tourism taxes are “unfair.”
Dermot King, Managing Director of Butlins and Chairman of the Campaign to Cut Tourism VAT, said:“The next government has the opportunity to support hospitality and businesses across the UK by reducing the rate of Tourism VAT from 20% to 5%. Across Europe 33 different countries already enjoy the benefits of a reduced form of Tourism VAT and as a result UK businesses and consumers are suffering. If the government was to reduce the rate of VAT on accommodations and attraction on day 1 of the next parliament by the end of 5 year term they would have generated almost £1bn in extra revenue for the Treasury, 92,000 jobs and reduced the balance of trade deficit by £7.8bn. A win for the government, a win for business and most importantly a win for the consumer.”
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