SF Proposals On Tourism Are "Reckless And Irresponsible" - Troy

Sinn Féin's proposals for tourism in its alternative Budget 2017 are "reckless and irresponsible", according to Fianna Fáil's Spokesperson on Tourism, Robert Troy.

Deputy Troy said plans by the party to increase the VAT rate on hotel beds are "dangerous" due to the "fragile state" of Ireland's tourism industry.

"The tourism industry is still in a fragile state due to the threats associated with Brexit, a sharp fall in Sterling and an uncertain international economy," he said.

"The last thing we need to do now is to implement a measure which will only serve to increase uncertainty in the tourism industry."

Mr Troy continued: "Increasing the VAT rate will lead to increased costs for businesses operating in the tourism sector, which in turn will lead to higher costs for tourists. Ireland has to remain competitive in order to attract tourists from around the world.

"Fianna Fáil recognises the importance of the tourism when it comes to supporting job creation, particularly in small towns and villages. We will stand by the current VAT rate considering the increased uncertainty facing people operating in the tourism sector."


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