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WTTC urges French Government to reconsider anti-competitive tourist taxation plans

Plans by the French Government to increase tourism taxes on hotel guests in France will have a detrimental effect on the long-term economic growth of France’s Travel & Tourism industry and MUST be scrapped, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). “WTTC’s research shows that direct increases in taxes on tourists have the effect of deterring travel and reducing overall taxation income” explains David Scowsill, CEO & President of WTTC. “Taxes must stimulate growth, rather than thwart it. The French Government’s plans to increase the tourism tax by up to433% will inevitably prove counter-productive to the French economy”. “Travel & Tourism is a major pillar of the French economy, which contributes to economic growth and job creation”, Mr Scowsill continues; “The industry contributes 9.5% of France’s total GDP and supports over 2.8 million jobs or 10.5% of total employment. It needs to be protected and encouraged. This punitive proposal will do the opposite ". READ MORE >>>

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