Caravan and campsite boost: Rishi Sunak slashes VAT to just five percent for caravan parks

Rishi Sunak made the announcement in the Commons today in a move to help rescue thousands of jobs in the struggling travel and tourism sector. Mr Sunak said: “Today I am announcing two new measures to get sectors moving and protect jobs.

“First, at the moment VAT on hospitality and tourism is charged at 20 percent.

“I’ve decided for the next six months to cut VAT on food, accommodation and attractions.

“Eat-in or hot takeaway food from restaurants, cafes and pubs, accommodation in hotels, BnBs, campsites and caravan sites, attractions like cinemas, theme parks and zoos – all these and more will see VAT reduced from next Wednesday until January 12 from 20 percent to five percent.

“This is a £4billion catalyst for the hospitality and tourism sectors benefitting over 150,000 businesses and consumers everywhere, all helping to protect 2.4 billion jobs.”

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One user said: “Great news VAT has been cut on campsites from 20 percent to five percent from next Wednesday until January.”

Another said: “VAT to be cut to five percent on accommodation including campsites!

“An excellent six-month saving for us all…and savings on food and attractions too!”

Another said: “Temporary cut to VAT for the hospitality sector including accommodation from 20 percent to five percent from next Wednesday until Jan 2021 is announced.

“We need to be creative.

“To get customers back into cafes, restaurants and pubs, and protect the 1.8 million people who work in them, I’ve announced today that for the month of August, we will give everyone in the country an ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ discount.

“Meals eaten at any participating business Monday to Wednesday will be 50 percent off up to £10 per head.”

Martin Smith at “Just over half of our bookable campsites are VAT registered, so this is great news for them.

“Either they’ll make more profit from every booking (about £18 on a typical booking worth £150 or so) to put towards lost earnings and extra costs this summer – or they’ll have a bit of wiggle room to bring prices down to help fill available capacity.”

Hugo Oliveira, CEO and founder of Indie Campers said: “With the chancellor’s recent announcement of the VAT cut on accommodations and campsites, we are anticipating an extensive demand for campervan holidays this July, as we believe travel will be making a comeback through road trips and camping, for its nature to limits human contact to its lowest and permits secluding oneself from the stress and crowds of bigger cities.”


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