• Failte Ireland

    Fáilte Ireland has today welcomed the establishment of the Tourism Recovery Taskforce announced by Ministers Shane Ross and Brendan Griffin.

    Welcoming today’s announcement Paul Kelly, CEO of Fáilte Ireland who is a member of the Taskforce, said the Taskforce is a critical and urgent working group dedicated to ensure the tourism sector recovers from this crisis as quickly as possible:

    “The impact of COVID-19 on the tourism sector has been catastrophic and the establishment by the Government of a Tourism Recovery Taskforce is very much welcomed by Fáilte Ireland.  I look forward to participating and constructively engaging with my fellow members and with our Chair Ruth Andrews who has extensive knowledge of the tourism sector. Each member brings expertise and a passion for rebuilding the tourism industry so I am confident we will agree innovative plans with urgency to ensure the tourism sector can survive and emerge from this crisis ready for business.  In parallel to the work of the Taskforce, Fáilte Ireland will continue its comprehensive planning and business supports work with thousands of tourism businesses and sectoral bodies as we try to rebuild the tourism industry together.”

    Fáilte Ireland’s online COVID-19 Business Support hub for the tourism industry is available at www.failteireland.ie

    • by rlconsulting

    • 23 Jan 2019

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    9% VAT debate returns

    The debate on the future of the special 9% VAT rate on tourism services, which has been a feature of the run-up to recent Budgets has begun again.

    Hoteliers and restaurateurs have warned the Government not to tinker with the rate for their sectors in the upcoming Budget, as new Revenue figures show that reverting to a 13.5pc levy would raise an extra €527m in a full year.

    Restaurants Association of Ireland CEO, Adrian Cummins, claimed that it would be a “broken promise” by the Government if the 9% VAT rate reverted to 13.5%, given that there was a commitment to it in the Programme for Government.

    The Programme for Government said the reduced VAT rate would be kept “providing services remain competitive”.
    Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has said a report into the 9% rate is almost complete.

    “My department has undertaken an economic review of the 9% VAT rate ahead of this year’s Budget and the report is currently in the finalisation stages,” he told former Tánaiste Joan Burton in a written reply to a Dáil question.

    Mr Donohoe added: “The Revenue Commissioners’ most recent estimate for reverting the reduced 9% VAT rate back to 13.5% is that it would bring in extra revenue of €527m. I am also advised by the Revenue Commissioners that an estimate for the cost of the measure in 2019 is not yet available.”

    The president of the Irish Hotels Federation, Michael Lennon, is “fairly confident” that the rate will be retained.

    “I think it’s been very successful so far,” he said. “We need some kind of support and help to open up new attractions, new hotels and new entertainment.”

    • by rlconsulting

    • 23 Nov 2016


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