The Irish trade unions’ association is lobbying for an end to the 9% reduced VAT rate for the tourism sector.
The rate was reduced from 13.5% to 9% in 2011 during the Euro crisis to help support the key tourism sector. Since then, visitor numbers have rallied strongly. Many hoteliers have shown strong profits in the past year, leading the unions to conclude that they have retained the €350m tax break. The unions claim employment conditions have not improved in the sector.
The 2017 Irish budget is due this month.