budget 2024

Tourism and hospitality: McGrath says cost of lowering Vat to 9% ‘was far too high’

Hotels, restaurants and tourism bodies largely unhappy with new measures in Budget 2024

Adrian Cummins, Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland. (Picture by Fergal Phillips)

Minister for Finance Michael McGrath has said the cost of extending a lower 9 per cent Vat rate for either the accommodation and food portions of the hospitality sector “was far too high”.

“The cost of extending the law 9 per cent Vat rate for a full year to both food and non-food was of the order of €0.75 billion. If you increase it for accommodation only the cost was still in excess of €600 ...