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News - 1 August 2006
Would a Bed Tax mean empty beaches?

Conservatives launch seaside campaign against proposed Tax on Tourism

Two shadow Ministers will launch a seaside campaign tomorrow, Wednesday 2 August, to highlight the proposed new government "Bed Tax" targeted at British tourism.

A press release from the Conservative Party explains that: "Hugo Swire, Shadow DCMS Minister, and Eric Pickles, Shadow Local Government Minister, will hand out ice-cream and postcards from an ice-cream van as part of a campaign to save the British holiday. The proposed bed and breakfast tax, the brainchild of Gordon Brown and John Prescott, could add up to £100 a week to the cost of a family holiday."

Many small tourism businesses already see themselves under threat as a result of cheap overseas flights, and lower tax rates in other European destinations.The 17.5% VAT rate on accommodation in the UK is more than three times the rate of 5.5% which applies in France, and twice the European average of 8.5%.

For further details see our news article in Knowledgebase entitled New “Bed Tax” burden for Tourism Industry? (7 March 2006).

Hugo Swire and Eric Pickles will be in Kings Road at the junction of Kings Road and East Street, Brighton at 11 am tomorrow and will be campaigning in the seaside town of Bournemouth later in the day.

Members of the Brighton & Hove Hotels Association and other key stakeholders are invited to go along at 11 am tomorrow to meet the campaigners.



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