Last week, government announced its range of supports and investment to benefit the tourism industry, writes Rose Barrett.
Supports included the extension of the 9% tourism VAT rate, along with pilot events for arts, culture, sports, and live entertainment, as well as restart payments up to a maximum of €30,000 for businesses re-opening in time for the summer season.
Deputy Emer Higgins said, “From double CRSS payments to a lower VAT rate, the tourism industry in the local area is set to get a real boost over the coming months with the launch of the government’s Economic Recovery Plan.
“Many restaurants, shops and local attractions in Dublin Mid-West have faced huge challenges over the past 15 months, but last week’s announcement marks a new chapter on our road to recovery post-pandemic.
“I know that some of our local businesses haven’t had the opportunity to take full advantage of the reduced tourism VAT rate to date, so I’m delighted to see the extension of the tourism VAT rate of 9% until September 2022. This will give businesses across the constituency the opportunity to gain back some of their much-needed lost revenue.
“Our economic recovery is going to be rapid in summer 2021; businesses are going to reopen, and people will return to their jobs. We’re going to see people back in local restaurants and pubs, our parks and beaches, and our local shops and attractions.
“The supports for the tourism industry outlined in the Plan go far beyond the reduced VAT rate. The commercial rates waiver will be extended for three months for businesses in Dublin Mid-West while businesses set to reopen can avail of double CRSS payments for three weeks up to a maximum of €30,000.
“I’m really looking forward to see our tourism industry and local business thriving again and getting back to business,” concluded Deputy Higgins.