ETOA slams taxes on tourism

ETOA slams taxes on tourism

ETOA has urged the government to change VAT and put more resources into tourism. In a response to David Cameron’s speech last week, the association pointed out that VAT should not apply to exports. “Tourism is an export but the creation of holidays in the UK for visitors from abroad is subject to VAT - that’s clearly disadvantageous to tourism exports,” said ETOA. “However, the creation of holidays for UK residents outside the EU is free of VAT - the VAT regime is insane because there is a massive tax incentive to holiday abroad.  This urgently needs to be changed.” It also said that using the Olympics as a tourism promotion strategy was ‘misguided’ as sports tourists are different from others and previous events, such as the World Cup, have stalled tourism growth. Meanwhile, ETOA indicated that APD tax would affect inbound visitors. To boost the numbers, ETOA has demanded that potential visitors be interviewed, fingerprinted, photographed and charged

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