VAT change ‘will cost Edinburgh £90m’ and could affect 1800 jobs

The National

Paul Barnes: “The Government’s decision to eradicate tax free shopping in the UK will impact Britain’s reputation and appeal as a global shopping destination, providing further damage to our struggling economy. Outside of London, Edinburgh is a key tourist attraction for visitors, proven in the growing number of international flights to Edinburgh airport. The removal of tax free shopping will not only impact the cities retail sector but be a huge blow for hotels and restaurants who are reliant on international visitors”.

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