Senator Michael D’Arcy, has welcomed the Government's announcement today that the temporary 9% lower VAT rate which applies across the tourism sector, will be extended into 2013. Leo Varadkar TD, Minister for Tourism, made the announcement in the Dáil today, 9th May.
Responding to the Minister’s announcement, Senator D’Arcy said: ‘The Government's decision to extend the temporary lower 9% VAT rate on tourism into 2013 is very positive news for the tourism industry.
“Broadly speaking tourism accounts for one in every ten jobs in the country and this extension of the lower rate will enable the industry to plan and to market for next year in the knowledge that Ireland will be able to provide lower-cost tourism options . The tourism sector is of huge importance to Wexford in particular, and this measure will help support and increase employment in this labour intensive industry”.
Reducing the lower VAT has in effect created 6,000 new jobs in Irish accommodation and leisure in the last year. A 6% increase in overseas visitors to Ireland in 2011 was another direct result of the reduction.
The reduced lower rate of VAT is worth €2,250 for every €50,000 turnover within the tourism sector, and that is a significant boost in an industry which operates with tight margins.
It is a priority for this Government to reduce costs within the tourism industry, and the industry has seen evidence of this in the last 12 months. Today's news is another step in the right direction.