BRITISH tourists visiting the Canary Islands in 2019 might be spared the local “VAT” in a bid to fight the possible effects of Brexit.
President Fernando Clavijo says the eight islands, including Tenerife, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria, would be able to do so under a legal agreement which classifies the popular holiday destinations as “an outermost region.”
The Canary Islands is thinking about a tax break just for Brits[/caption]
Holidaymakers currently pay seven per cent on certain products and services such as restaurant and bar bills under the tax, known as IGIC or the “Canary Indirect General Tax”.
A restaurant bill of 80 euros would be 85.60 euros with IGIC added for example.
Fernando Clavijo told the Spanish press that the Canary government was studying the withdrawal of the tax for British tourists to make the islands more competitive and produce “better results”.
The reimbursement of IGIC was previously trialled with Russian visitors during a special promotion campaign in the Canaries.
Brits make the majority of visitors to the islands[/caption]
Mr Clavijo said the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union would have an impact on the pound and its devaluation, which made it necessary for the Canary Islands to be more competitive for its main tourist issuing market, the Brits.
To head off any criticism, he warned the Canary Islands had to go “hand in hand” as a society and “fight” in Europe.
Visitor numbers had decreased in 2018, he conceded, but spending power had increased.
This, he said, means that there is less pressure on the territory and more profitability.
That, in turn, should lead to more employment, more stability and better pay.
The Canaries received about 16 million tourists in 2017, with Brits being the biggest market.
Final figures for 2018 have not yet been released but a drop of at least two per cent is expected.
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It follows a string of record years, when Brits were put off going to countries like Egypt and Tunisia for security reasons, but which have since bounced back.
But while the islands are considering a drop in VAT for Brits, Sun Online Travel revealed earlier this year that they were planning to introduce a tourist tax.
The tax would be applied to holiday home rentals in a move similar to that of the Balearics.