Northern Ireland

Update (2016 Q3 - 2017 Q3)

Tourism Vat
Trade Deals
Tourism

Tourism Vat
In June 2017, a hung parliament was  declared after the Conservative party failed to win a majority. A deal with the DUP was made and it was announced that as part of the Conservative-DUP deal, a detailed consultative report will be commissioned into the impact of Tourism VAT on Northern Ireland.

Across Europe, 33 countries have a reduced rate of VAT on tourism. The UK has a Tourism VAT rate three times that of Germany or Greece, and twice that of Spain, France and Italy. More information on this can be found here and the Confidence and Supply Agreement between the Conservative Party and the DUP can be found here.

Then in November, a decision for a review into cutting Tourism VAT in Northern Ireland was announced in the Autumn Budget 2017.

 

Trade Deals
In a cross-sector act of cooperation, BHA alongside 34 representative bodies in the UK food and drink supply chain have signed an open letter (13 March 2017) calling on the Government to make an early agreement on future trade with the Republic of Ireland as the United Kingdom leaves the European Union.

 

Tourism

Natasha Kaplinsky reports on tourism figures released by Tourism Northern Ireland which revealed growth of around 10% in tourism from Great Britain and overseas in 2015. 

Tourism Northern Ireland: Attracting the World to Northern Ireland

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