Budget 2018: Donegal hotelier calls for government to retain VAT rate

A Donegal hotelier says hotels and guesthouses in the county are being particularly hit by Brexit.

Paul Diver, chairman of the Donegal branch of the Irish Hotels Federation, says uncertainty about Brexit poses a real threat to the region’s tourism industry, which supports 1,800 jobs in Donegal and contributes €184m to the local economy every year.

He is now hoping the government will not increase VAT in next week’s budget.

Speaking to Ocean Fm News, he says Donegal’s proximity to Britain and the Sterling area makes the county particularly vulnerable.