Deputy Ann Phelan has welcomed news that Kilkenny has been voted the 9th friendliest city in the world by the readers of travel magazine, Condé Nast Traveler and is calling for the retention for the lower rate of VAT to encourage better value for tourists.
“Kilkenny’s warm hospitality is well known but now thanks to the survey conducted by the readers of travel magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, the Marble City has secured an enviable place of 9th in their list of friendliest cities in the world, and is the only European city to make the top ten.
“While this may not come as a surprise to those familiar with Kilkenny, it is fantastic for the city to get this international recognition. Tourism is hugely important for the local economy, and acknowledgments like this can play a crucial role in generating awareness.
“In tandem with offering tourists a friendly visit, it also important that they are offered good value. I believe the current lower rate of 9% VAT in the hospitality sector is playing an important role in delivering this. Maintaining this lower rate of VAT is crucial to a lot of struggling businesses in Kilkenny, and I will continue to work with my partners in Government to retain it.”