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What motivates a Government to triple VAT on tourism?

What motivates a Government to triple VAT on tourism?

This morning the following story from eTurbo News caught my attention: “Iceland tourism braces for huge VAT increase.”  VAT is going from 7% to a whopping 25.5%, although a decrease in tourism taxation in 2007 resulted in a 2008 increase of 6% in tourism receipts. The story does not explain the Government’s rationale for proposing […]

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Successful Domestic Tourism Strategy – Scotland 2011

Successful Domestic Tourism Strategy – Scotland 2011

Oxford, UK-based IEWY News just reported that Scotland has seen “a six per cent increase in domestic visitors in the first six months of 2011, compared to the same period in 2010, and a 13 per cent increase in expenditure. VisitScotland also reported its ‘Surprise Yourself’ campaign generated an additional £89.9 million to Scotland’s economy […]

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New EU Tourism Policy Framework

New EU Tourism Policy Framework

In August, the European Commission announced a new EU Tourism Policy Framework intended to strengthen European tourism and its competitiveness. According to the EC, with the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, the importance of tourism is recognized. The European Union now has power  to support, coordinate and complement tourism-related actions by the Member States. […]

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Landmark Agreement: European Commission and European Travel Commission to Promote “Destination Europe”

Landmark Agreement: European Commission and European Travel Commission to Promote “Destination Europe”

Yesterday, the European Commission and European Travel Commission announced that they had signed a landmark agreement at the European Tourism Forum in Cracow, Poland to promote “Destination Europe.” Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the European Commission (EC) and Petra Hedorfer, President of the European Travel Commission (ETC), have signed a historic Joint Declaration between the two […]

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