BTP presses for tax parity with Europe

The Business Tourism Partnership (BTP) has called upon the government to bring UK taxes in line with other European destinations. At a recent forum between the BTP and Business Tourism Scotland (BTS) – which has recently joined the BTP as a full member – BTS chairman Mike Closier asked the government to create a “more level playing field”. He stated UK venues were working at a competitive disadvantage compared to their European counterparts. BTP chairman Michael Hirst confirmed there were three areas in which tax could be lowered at a benefit to the events industry.“First is in VAT – our levels are among the highest in Europe,” he said. “Also, a cut in tax on fuel and on property – both of which feature highly in the events industry – would be beneficial if we are to see a continued growth in business tourism.”

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