Ryanair calls on the Irish Govt to stimulate jobs and growth by ‘axing the tax’, which has badly damaged Irish tourism, with passenger numbers at Irish airports falling from 30m in 2007 to just 22.8m in 2012, even while other EU countries scrapped their travel taxes and returned to travel growth.
Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said:
“The World Economic Report offers conclusive evidence of the serious damage being done to Irish tourism by the Irish Government’s misguided €3 travel tax.Ireland, which was ranked lower than Kazakhstan, Mozambique and Rwanda in terms of aviation competitiveness, cannot grow tourism by taxing visitors and raising airport charges to uncompetitive levels. Other EU countries have returned to growth by scrapping tourist taxes and cutting airport charges, in some cases to zero, and Ireland should now follow this lead.”
* Report (page 436) http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_TT_Competitiveness_Report_2013.pdf