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9% VAT to end next August

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has confirmed the reduced VAT rate of 9% for the hospitality sector will expire at end of August 2022 as planned.donohoe1019

In his Budget 2022 speech to the Dáil, Minister Donohoe also acknowledged that the aviation sector had paid a particularly heavy price during the pandemic.
He said he is amending the taxation arrangements which apply to international air crews under Section 127B of the income tax code.
Minister  Donohoe confirmed that the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS) for businesses affected by the Covid-19 crisis will be extended to the end of April, but supports from the programme will be phased out by then.
While there will be no change to the EWSS over the course of October and November, a two-rate structure of €151,50 and €203 will apply from December until the end of February, falling to €100 for March and April, Mr Donohoe told the Dáil on Tuesday as he unveiled Budget 2022.
A reduced rate of employers’ pay related social insurance (PRSI) will no longer apply for the final two months of the programme, he said. The scheme will close to new employers from January 1st, 2022.


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Mixed Hospitality Views on Budget

 The Budget 2022 package for tourism and hospitality has received a mixed reaction from different quarters of the industry. The decision to extend wage subsidies to the end ofcummins0120 next April was welcomed, as was a package of spending tourism and hospitality spending measures of more than €100 million.
 However, the failure to extend beyond the end of next summer the special 9 per cent VAT rate for the sector was labelled a “disaster” by Adrian Cummins, ceo of the Restaurants Association of Ireland.
 Meanwhile, the wider tourism industry welcomed €89 million in business continuity grants and extra marketing funds, as well as €60 million to extend to the end of the year a waiver on commercial rates for hospitality tourism and arts.
 The Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) said the budget was “disastrous, [with] no ambition to stimulate and revitalise the tourism industry”, which has been one of the worst hit by the pandemic.
Eoghan O’Mara Walsh, the chief exethe Irish Tourism Industry Confederatioutive of ITIC, said it was “very disappointing” that the VAT rate had not been extended: “It damages our competitiveness when industry will be in fragile recovery phase. Ireland to have one of the highest tourism Vat rate across European Union. ”
 Mr O’Mara Walsh welcomed a further €50 million announced by Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrathin business continuity grants that will be administered by Fáilte Ireland, expressing the hope they will be paid “promptly” in the first quarter of the year.


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Irish 'Flavours' in London

Some 60 tourism companies from Ireland attended Flavours of Ireland 2021 in London, this week. ‘Flavours’ is Tourism Ireland’s annual B2B tourism workshop, where tourismtaste1021 companies from Ireland meet and do business with top global inbound tour operators.
Pictured are Shane Clarke, Tourism Ireland’s Director of Corporate Services, Policy & Northern Ireland; Joan O’Shaughnessy, Chairman of Tourism Ireland; and Yuva Arumugam, Cashel Travel, at Flavours of Ireland 2021 in London.
  Now in its 19th year, ‘Flavours’ – which took place virtually in 2020 – was an in-person event once again this year. It was held in the beautiful Guildhall, in the City of London, and was attended by around 100 top global inbound tour operators who deliver business from all over the world, including the US, Mainland Europe, Asia, Australasia and Africa.


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Ireland in Dubai TFest

Eight tourism businesses from Ireland are joining Tourism Ireland in person in Dubai this week for TFest – a luxury travel festival which connects influential luxury travel buyerstarget1021 with luxury hotels and suppliers.
 Pictured are Andrew Moore, Conrad Dublin; Siobhan Byrne Learat, Adams & Butler; Iwona Knapinska, The Doyle Collection; Siobhan Naughton, Tourism Ireland; Tanya Dawson, Luxurious Ireland; Siobhán O’ Sullivan, Mount Juliet Estate; Leigh Heggarty, Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort; Gillian Costelloe, By Appointment DMC; and Eoin McGrath, Hastings Hotels, at TFest in Dubai.
 The four-day B2B event involves ‘matchmaking’ meetings set up using AI (artificial intelligence), helping to ensure the delegates meet, and connect with, the most appropriate contacts. It also involves networking opportunities with around 200 influential luxury travel buyers from Europe, the Americas, Africa, the Middle East and Asia and is a valuable opportunity to meet, and do business with, influential buyers who design unique, luxury travel itineraries for their high net-worth international clients.


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Budget Hotel for sale

A number of prime properties on Gardiner Street Lower, Dublin, have come to market seeking €9 million. The sale includes a budget hotel, My Place; a 10-unit apartment block;myplace and a site with development potential.

No 88-89 Gardiner Street Lower, Dublin 1, is home to My Place, a budget hotel offering guest accommodation in a combination of 35 en-suite rooms and 52 hostel beds.
The sale also includes Mabbot House, on the adjacent Mabbot Lane. This property comprises 10 spacious and modern apartments (three one-bed units; four two-beds; and three two-bed penthouses). Each apartment features a balcony or terrace.
The sale offers development potential, as My Place has planning permission for development at the rear to provide for an additional 33 bedrooms. The development will require demolition of an existing warehouse on Mabbot Lane.


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