Cheaper Canary Islands Holidays Could Soon Be A Possibility For Brits
We're currently going through a politically uncertain/confusing AF period of time when it comes to Brexit.
With the UK due to leave the European Union on 29 March, it's fair enough that you might be worried about all the holidays you've been idly planning.
But, according to the Sun, the Canary Islands government is hoping to offer tax breaks to Brits which could cost 100 million euros (£87.8m / $112.8m) a year to keep holidaymakers coming to the islands.
The idea was raised earlier this year, with the Mirror reporting that President Fernando Clavijo told Spanish press that the government was studying the withdrawal of the tax for British tourists to make the islands more competitive and produce 'better results'.
According to the newspaper, President Clavijo said the UK's departure from the EU would impact on the pound, meaning the Canaries would need to be more competitive, since Brits are vital to the archipelago's tourist industry.
Now the Sun reports that Canary Islands officials have started the legal process to make people affected by Brexit exempt from VAT. This is already in place for non-EU tourists, as a way to keep the visitors coming in.
The Sun reported that Treasury Secretary Rosa Dávila said in Parliament: "The regional government wants to keep this level of visitors and expense of tourists from the UK in the future in spite of the scenario in which the pound could be devalued."
It seems that the government are willing to lose euros because us Brits obviously spend an arm and a leg there. I mean, no one's turning down a €2 pint or 20 each day, are they?
Ms Dávila added: "We want the Brits to continue to visit the Canaries and to continue to buy."
According to the Canary News, in 2017 British travellers accounted for 30 percent of the total tourist turnover, spending a total of €4.5 billion in 2016.
Isaac Castellano, the Canary Islands Government Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sports, said: "The loyalty of British tourists to the Canary Islands is beyond doubt, with 84 percent being repeaters, and turnover having grown since 2010 by 69 percent."
The Express reported that in 2016 more Brits than ever before travelled to the Canary Island of Tenerife which broke records for the number of UK visitors.
More than two million Britons opted to holiday there which equated to 36.6 percent of all tourists.
The average stay on the island is 7.54 days and the daily expenditure works out at around €121 (£104 / $136) per person.
News of the tax exemption will come as music to some people's ears.
I mean, we'd much rather be drinking cheap cerveza on a lovely sunny beach before going out for €5 cocktail buckets which taste like petrol.
Because the alternative is running down to a Wetherspoon pub in a town where the rain falls horizontally and the ground shakes with the constant tremors brought about by fracking.
See you on the beach.
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