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HBAA calls for training fund and tax cuts ahead of budget

The HBAA has called for financial support to encourage young people to train in the hospitality sector
21/11/2017

Pictured: HBAA chair Louise Goalen

The HBAA (formerly the Hotel Booking Agents Association) has called for financial support to encourage young people to train in the hospitality sector and a reduction in tourism taxation ahead of the autumn budget.

Louise Goalen, HBAA chair, said: “This industry really needs financial incentives or assistance for young people to train and to encourage talent in the hospitality and events sector, and the HBAA hopes that the Chancellor will address this in his Autumn Budget Statement.

“As the industry is growing and, at the same time, the number of workers coming into the UK sector from the EU is declining, we need to attract more young people to see the sector as a good career opportunity. Optimising the Living Wage and providing funds to encourage 16 to 19 year olds to train in the sector would be valuable initiatives to help to address this significant issue.”

She added that with inflation driving up costs at venues, the association would also welcome any cuts in tourism taxation.

She said: “The UK’s VAT rate on hotel room accommodation, for instance, is one of the highest in Europe. A reduction would be a positive boost to our competitiveness and could help stimulate both inbound events activity and incentivise UK based organisations to hold their events here instead of travelling abroad.”

  • Hugo Ponsonby Smythe of PS Taker ltd 21/11/2017

    Isn't VAT on accommodation a reclaimable expense?

    https://www.gov.uk/reclaim-vat/staff-travel

    So regardless of the rate why would it bother companies if they get it back anyway?


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