Tourism and Coastal Policy
Bacta supports public policy initiatives that stimulate investment in the UK’s coastal infrastructure. The UK’s resort towns and cities are often the most deprived parts of the country. Economic activity based around the tourism industry can provide welcome and helpful generation and regeneration. Bacta therefore supports the cut in the VAT rate to 5% for tourism as in the case in most other European countries with whom we compete for visitors. We also welcome the introduction of the Coastal Community Fund but fees more money needs to be made available.
The UK’s Piers and amusement arcades are amongst the most important economic activities in many towns and itself requires government support to allow it to continue its investment in these coastal businesses. Principally government needs to allow the maximum permitted stakes and prizes on machines to rise reasonably alongside the high business costs the industry faces.
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