VAT cut campaign gains momentum

What is the campaign about?
The Cut Tourism VAT campaign, which is calling for a cut in VAT from 20% to 5% for domestic tourism, is supported by large and small tourism businesses alike, including Merlin Entertainments Group and Butlins along with the British Hospitality Association and BALPPA. Recently backed by the Liberal Democrats the campaign is gaining momentum.


Tim Farren recently said “Local hotels, B&Bs and tourist attractions are the backbone of our economy and I think they need more help and support. I would like the government to reduce VAT for tourist attractions and accommodation to boost UK exports, create jobs and support our local economy”. Many European countries of a reduced rate for VAT for their tourism businesses but the UK has never offered a reduced rate of VAT to the industry. Tim Farron, MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale knows all too well the vital part tourism plays within the economy.

Why do campaigners think the cut will help?
The sector contributes over £126 billion per annum to the economy and employs over 3.1 million people. A cut in VAT would enable the sector to compete with their European competitors. It is thought that a cut in VAT would lead to around 120,000 jobs being created, boost GDP by £4 billion a year and deliver £3.9bn to the treasury.


How can you get involved?
If you haven’t already registered your support for the campaign you can do so by visiting and clicking on the link on the page.


For more information on the subject, please contact Judith Dugdale.