MP calls on Chancellor to cut 'tourism tax'
MP has this week called on the Chancellor to announce a tax cut
for tourism businesses in next week's Autumn Statement.
Munt is among nearly 100 MPs who are campaigning for the Chancellor
to slash VAT for accommodation and attractions from 20% to 5%
to bring the UK in line with the rest of Europe.
a change would deliver a financial boost to Burnham-On-Sea's tourism
industry and potentially create scores of new jobs.
is ludicrous that currently it's cheaper to hop on a plane to
France or Spain where holidaymakers pay less for their accommodation
and for entry to attractions," Tessa told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
we know, the weather in the UK cant always be relied upon,
so the Government must do everything possible to encourage people
to take holidays and short breaks locally."
South West economy is heavily reliant on tourism. 3,000 peoples
livelihoods in Somerset alone depend on the industry. In parts
of Somerset almost one in five jobs depends on the industry."
VAT on tourism would be a bold move and could create a further
5,000 jobs, boost our economy to the tune of £150million,
and encourage employers to invest in our towns and villages, making
them even more attractive to visitors."
the Caravan Tax, where we persuaded the Minister to do a U-turn,
this campaign has been a longer slog. Ive met with local
business in Somerset, asked questions in Parliament, and have
had meetings with the Treasury Minister."
Jefferies, Burnham's tourist manager, welcomed the proposals.
He told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Anything that can help local
tourism businesses has got to be positive."
accommodation and tourism attractions have had a difficult year,
particularly after last winter's floods, so this proposed VAT
cut would be very welcome. It could create more local jobs and
help local businesses through increased trade."
MPs want the proposal to be part of the Chancellor's Autumn Statement,
which is set to be announced on 3rd December.