On Monday, I visited Presthaven Sands beach resort today as part of his promotion of the tourism industry in Flintshire. This follows the recent event I jointly held with Mark Tami – MP for Alyn and Deeside – in Westminster where local tourism businesses travelled down to demonstrate all that Flintshire has to offer for anyone planning a staycation this year.
I with Elma John, Manager of Presthaven Sands beach resort, to discuss the campaign to cut tourism Value Added Tax. This is a campaign which wants the rate of Tourism VAT to be brought into line with competitor destinations within the European Union.
There are a limited number of areas where EU rules allow governments to implement a reduced rate of VAT. In the case of tourism the United Kingdom is one of only three countries not to take advantage of a reduced rate. This means that British families or international visitors choosing a British holiday would pay almost three times as much VAT compared to a French or German break, and twice as much as one in Italy and Spain. This is something the UK Government can change today as it is promoted by the EU. Read more “Visit to Presthaven Sands beach resort”