VAT rates need to be reduced for north west hospitality sector

The government have been called to divert funds form its ‘Brexit war fund’ to the local hospitality sector in the form of VAT rate reductions.



The Restaurants Association of Ireland are calling on the government to reduce the food VAT rate after recent figures released by the CSO show a worrying decrease in tourism figures for 2019.


The figures cover the period between July and September 2019 show that compared to the same period in 2018, nights spent in Ireland by overseas travellers decreased by 4.5%.



Donegal Hotelier Paul Diver is the Donegal Chair of the Irish Hotels Federations, he says the latest CSO figures coupled with Brexit concerns has left the hospitality in a vulnerable state.