Cut VAT rate and make it easier for families to holiday in the UK, urges holiday park

Hoburne chairman Rosie Kennar

Hoburne chairman Rosie Kennar

First published in News

HOBURNE Holiday Parks is lobbying MPs for a cut in VAT to five per cent on tourism businesses.

The business – which has parks at Bashley and Christchurch – has written to several MPs, including Christopher Chope for Christ-church and Desmond Swayne for New Forest West.

It claims British businesses struggle under a VAT rate twice or more than the equivalent in Spain, Germany, France and Italy.

It says the UK is one of only four EU states with no reduced rate for tourism.

Hoburne points to independent research, using the Treasury’s own economic model, which suggests lowering VAT to five per cent for accommodation and attractions would be one of the simplest ways of generating GDP gains at low cost to the Exchequer.

Research by Deloitte/Tourism Respect found such a cut would contribute £2.6bn to the Treasury over 10 years and create 80,000 jobs in two to three years.

Hoburne chairman Rosie Kennar said: “Within the EU, there are only a few goods and services that reduced VAT may be applied to, but tourism is one.

“The UK charges 20 per cent VAT for visitor accommodation, compared with seven per cent in Germany and France, nine in Ireland, and 10 in Spain and Italy.

“The UK rate makes it tougher for already hard-pressed British families to take a break here and for tourism businesses to compete with their European rivals.”

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11:18am Wed 12 Feb 14

rayc says...

Perhaps if Hoburne chairman Rosie Kennar did not operate a 'Super high price during school holidays' then more families would stay in the UK. It is cheaper to take the family to France by car and ferry than it is to stay at a Hobourne site.
Perhaps if Hoburne chairman Rosie Kennar did not operate a 'Super high price during school holidays' then more families would stay in the UK. It is cheaper to take the family to France by car and ferry than it is to stay at a Hobourne site. rayc
  • Score: 16

11:25am Wed 12 Feb 14

Wallisdown says...

Looking out the window is enough reason to never holiday in the UK. Don't get me wrong I love walking in the Purbecks and along the beach but I'm never going to get day after day of 35C, warm muggy evenings and different cultures from a couple of weeks in Skeggy.....
Looking out the window is enough reason to never holiday in the UK. Don't get me wrong I love walking in the Purbecks and along the beach but I'm never going to get day after day of 35C, warm muggy evenings and different cultures from a couple of weeks in Skeggy..... Wallisdown
  • Score: 6

11:31am Wed 12 Feb 14

Snowing1965 says...

rayc wrote:
Perhaps if Hoburne chairman Rosie Kennar did not operate a 'Super high price during school holidays' then more families would stay in the UK. It is cheaper to take the family to France by car and ferry than it is to stay at a Hobourne site.
I was going to make the same point, but I don't think I could word it any better! Great point, well made.
[quote][p][bold]rayc[/bold] wrote: Perhaps if Hoburne chairman Rosie Kennar did not operate a 'Super high price during school holidays' then more families would stay in the UK. It is cheaper to take the family to France by car and ferry than it is to stay at a Hobourne site.[/p][/quote]I was going to make the same point, but I don't think I could word it any better! Great point, well made. Snowing1965
  • Score: 7

11:37am Wed 12 Feb 14

Hessenford says...

Rosie Kennar said, The UK charges 20 per cent VAT for visitor accommodation.
But she says nothing about the 50 to 100% increase when the schools break up, perhaps it may help if you were to suggest that if the government reduce VAT by 75% then you and all other holiday park and hotel owners would knock 75% of your accommodation when the children are on holiday, you cant accuse the government of extortion when you are guilty of it yourself.
Rosie Kennar said, The UK charges 20 per cent VAT for visitor accommodation. But she says nothing about the 50 to 100% increase when the schools break up, perhaps it may help if you were to suggest that if the government reduce VAT by 75% then you and all other holiday park and hotel owners would knock 75% of your accommodation when the children are on holiday, you cant accuse the government of extortion when you are guilty of it yourself. Hessenford
  • Score: 14

1:04pm Wed 12 Feb 14

bosco1 says...

Have had a caravan on Hoburne Park, the site fees increase year after year, now the cost of buying a Caravan is so high. They now try and rent caravans out more than have regular owners.Simple answer reduce site fees, reduce caravan purchase price then they have regular income.Also they should offer more when you sell back to them.! It is a nice site, but new management is needed Rosie Kennar.
Have had a caravan on Hoburne Park, the site fees increase year after year, now the cost of buying a Caravan is so high. They now try and rent caravans out more than have regular owners.Simple answer reduce site fees, reduce caravan purchase price then they have regular income.Also they should offer more when you sell back to them.! It is a nice site, but new management is needed Rosie Kennar. bosco1
  • Score: 4

1:13pm Wed 12 Feb 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Rosie Kennar,enemy of the caravans folk but very fragrant
Rosie Kennar,enemy of the caravans folk but very fragrant kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 0

1:19pm Wed 12 Feb 14

BoscVegas says...

not once before a holiday have I considered the rate of VAT at the destination.
not once before a holiday have I considered the rate of VAT at the destination. BoscVegas
  • Score: 3

5:21am Thu 13 Feb 14

Chris@Bmouth says...

Why would I want the cold and bad food when I can get better for half the price abroad? The days of holidaying in the UK are numbered.
Why would I want the cold and bad food when I can get better for half the price abroad? The days of holidaying in the UK are numbered. Chris@Bmouth
  • Score: 3

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