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The association said that the state invests 186 million euros a year in tourism, and that revenues from direct taxes related to tourism are around 2,1 billion euros. They are thus calling on the new government to commit to an immediate increase in investment of 20m euros. “There is no better sector to invest in to ensure balanced regional development.” In its annual report, published last month, the association states that the Irish tourism economy has recorded its first decline in eight years. “Tourism is still the largest domestic industry, as well as the largest regional employer, but Brexit, rising VAT and increased operating costs have made trade conditions difficult for 20 tourism and hospitality companies in the country.”, Said the president of the association Ruth Andrews. “Furthermore, the fund for ‘Brexit without a deal’ should be released now that it would mitigate the negative impact on Irish tourism”, It was concluded in the manifesto. Experts from the Irish tourism industry said growth of 65 per cent could be expected if the incoming government returns the tax rate to 9 per cent. The Irish Tourism Association, which is made up of tourism companies and stakeholders, issued its election manifesto and said Brexit, weakening demand and rising operating costs led to a 1 per cent drop in revenue in 2019. Irish Examiner. In addition to the reduction of income tax, the association announced that insurance costs must be resolved. “The Judicial Council must be established without delay, as new guidelines for the amount of damages and greater transparency in the ways of collecting premiums”, It is stated in the manifesto. They also believe that flight taxes should not be refunded to support air access to Ireland. Source / photo: Irish Examiner; Pixabay