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Austin Hickey features in the Irish Independent

22 June 2020

Austin featured in Pól Ó Conghaile's article on introducing a "Staycation" voucher to encourage households to support Irish tourism.

The Irish Tourism Industry Confederation has, in recent weeks, suggested a staycation voucher for Irish households for use on registered tourism providers like hotels, B&Bs, restaurants or visitor attractions. This has been supported/reccommended by numerous stakeholders concerned about the impact of Covid-19 on the tourism and hospitality sector.

Austin Hickey, Director, suggests a one-off €250 "staycation tax credit" should be made available to all employed and self-employed workers to encourage them to take a domestic holiday in Ireland between now and the end of 2021. This €250 tax credit forms part of the wider 12 point recovery plan recently published by Austin Hickey, Derry Gray, Partner and Liam Hession, Partner. People are used to claiming items like medical receipts at the end of the year, explains Austin, and a tax credit may also work because it "places no admin burden on the tourism businesses". 

BDO Ireland's 12 point plan to support recovery in Ireland's tourism sector also includes:

  1. Financial Supports
  2. Social Distancing
  3. Capital Investment
  4. Tax Credit
  5. Innovation
  6. Employee Supports
  7. Business Continuity Fund
  8. VAT
  9. Insurance Reform
  10. Domestic Tourism Spend
  11. Tourism Promotional Strategies
  12. Informed Decisions

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Content adapted from Independent.ie: "Should every household in Ireland get a €500 staycation voucher"