BHA steps up VAT campaign

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The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has stepped up its campaign for VAT to be cut to 5% for the sector by writing to members urging their support.

In the letter, the BHA says the focus on Britain’s tourism industries in 2012, with the Olympics and Diamond Jubilee, presents a “one-off opportunity to make the case to Government for measures which will boost growth in our sector”.

The BHA is asking members to take an on-line survey, the results of which will be used in future campaigning. The group also wants them to register their support for the campaign via email to the BHA.

The letter says: “We believe a reduction in the rate of VAT to 5% for hotel accommodation, entry to attractions and on meals out of home is the best way Government can help us grow. From January we will be stepping up our efforts to make the case to Government focusing on the lasting legacy a VAT cut would bring through new jobs and increased international competitiveness.

“We have already brought together a strong coalition of partners led by the BHA, including the British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers & Attractions, the Federation of Small Business and the Tourism Alliance.

“We have the economic evidence which shows that a reduction in would create thousands of new jobs and drive investment in the UK.

“And we have begun a series of positive discussion with HM Treasury officials who are interested to hear more about the contribution our industry could make to the economy. But we will need your help and support to make this campaign a success.”

Meanwhile, more than 30 companies have signed up to the campaign to cut VAT for the hospitality sector led by French lobbyist Jacques Borel, the man credited with encouraging governments in a number of European countries to reduce the tax.

The Publican’s Morning Advertiser​ has lodged a petition for VAT for be cut to 5% for hospitality business. More than 3,700 people have signed the petition to date. It can be viewed here: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/1198

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