Wednesday, September 11 15:33:52
Minister for Tourism Leo Varadkar has been lobbying for the 9pc rate for tourism-related goods and services to be retained in the up coming budget, he said today. The 9pc rate is a reduction from the previous figure of 13.5 pc.
Minister for Finance Michael Noonan introduced the temporary measure in Budget 2011 in an attempt to give a boost to the tourism related industry services such as pubs, restaurants and cinemas.
Speaking at a launch of a review into the future of Irish tourism this morning Mr Varadkar said the tourism industry had been a real "success story" and that with visitor numbers has increased dramatically in the first six months of the year. A rise in 18pc from January to July 2013, when compared to the same period three years ago.
The public has also been asked to contribute submissions to the tourism strategy by November 1st. Among the issues being examined include competitiveness and training and tourism product.Those who wish to make a submission can contact the tourism policy review at firstname.lastname@example.org.