Tim Farron, the MP for South Lakes, has thrown his weight behind the Cut Tourism VAT campaign, as he recognised the critical role that tourism plays for the local economy in the Lake District.
Cut Tourism VAT, which calls for a reduction in VAT for hotel accommodation and other related services from 20% to 5%, is spearheaded by Bourne Leisure Group, Merlin Entertainments Group and the British Hospitality Association. It is supported by more than 500 businesses.
Farron said: "Local hotels and B&Bs are the backbone of our economy and, with the recent changeable weather we've had, I think they need more help and support.
"Recently I helped secure funding to help advertise the Lake District and I continue to lobby to get the Government to turn us into an ‘attack brand' for UK tourism. However I think we can do even more. I would like the Government to look at the impact of cutting VAT for the tourism industry because I think it could boost trade and support our local economy."
Graham Wason, Chairman of Cut Tourism VAT said: "Tim understands the need to help leading UK destinations remain competitive against those elsewhere in Europe. For areas like the Lake District tourism has a critical role in the local economy. The UK charges more than double the VAT for hotels in France or Germany - this means we're losing jobs and investment. Our high rate of VAT also means asking British families to spend more in tax if they choose a domestic holiday.