Real Views: Retain the Vat rate to help Irish tourism

Everyone in business has had to fight for survival over the past five years, and the hospitality sector has been no different.

14th September, 2013
Nicky Logue, general manager and director of Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel in Killiney, Co Dublin.

Everyone in business has had to fight for survival over the past five years, and the hospitality sector has been no different. In fact, the industry has been hit harder than many others.

Between 2008 and 2010, the number of overseas visitors to Ireland fell by 20 per cent, which meant 1.8 million fewer visitors and €1 billion less for the economy. As a result, 50,000 jobs were lost in our sector.

Pre-2008, Ireland was perceived as an expensive holiday...

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