Smaller hotels and restaurants reel at Vat rate hike

Smaller hotels and restaurants reel at Vat rate hike

While some restaurants and hotels in busy urban areas will be able to absorb the increase, many in regional and rural areas will struggle

It is hard to over-estimate the anger felt among small, independent restaurateurs and hoteliers about the budget decision to raise the special Vat rate for the hospitality sector from 9 per cent to 13.5 per cent from next January.

Minister Donohoe pointed to the thriving tourism sector to justify his decision. And as anyone who has attempted to make their way down Grafton Street in Dublin or...

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