Over the summer the Campaign and supporters have been busy meeting with new Government Ministers and Members of Parliament to secure their support for a reduction in tourism VAT.
These efforts have resulted in an increase in Parliamentary support with 166 MPs now signed up to the Campaign to Cut Tourism VAT – and we need your help to reach our target of 200 supportive MPs by 2017.
With Brexit negotiations likely to start in March of next year now is the time to push for a bold business plan for the hospitality and tourism sector and a reduction in Tourism VAT would UK business to compete internationally on a fair playing field. This is why 31 other European countries already enjoy the benefits – in terms of growth, exports and jobs – that results from a reduced rate of Tourism VAT.
We were also delighted to see so many Campaign supporters take part in the BHA Hospitality & Tourism Day in Parliament on 13 September 2016. The second annual Hospitality & Tourism Day was even bigger than last year and saw BHA members from all around the United Kingdom attend meetings with their respective MPs.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the Visitor Economy has just completed its inquiry into skills and apprenticeships with the report due to be released next month. The APPG is also due to launch an inquiry into coastal communities off the back of the British Hospitality Association’s recent report Creating Coastal Powerhouses. The inquiry is expected to look at the issue of a progressive tax environment and so far almost all of the submissions submitted so far have referenced the effect of Tourism VAT on the industry.
The Campaign was present at the Labour and Conservative Party Conferences this year and met with politicians to discuss the benefits of reducing Tourism VAT. At the Conservative Conference it was clear that new Prime Minister's ambition is to put the United Kingdom on a more equal, inclusive and pluralistic footing based on the introduction of a new and dedicated industrial strategy. The Prime Minster promised to identify the industries that are of strategic value to the UK economy, and to support and promote them through free trade, tax, infrastructure, skills, training, and research and development policies.
The coming months present an excellent opportunity to demonstrate how the Tourism industry- partially achieved through a reduction in Tourism VAT- can help deliver an economy that works for all- consumers, employees and businesses.
We are also encouraging a new round of constituency MP meetings each Friday until the end of the year – if you would like help arranging a meeting with your MP to speak about VAT then let the Campaign team know and they will be able to assist.
Thank you for your continuing support to help us deliver this message to Government.
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