Another Ryanair call for scrapping tourism tax

Monday 25 March 2013 15.42
Ireland ranked 79th for aviation charge competitiveness in latest WEF report
Ireland ranked 79th for aviation charge competitiveness in latest WEF report

Ryanair has called on the Government to scrap its €3 travel tax after Ireland was ranked 79th for aviation charge competitiveness in the World Economic Forum's Transport and Tourism Competitiveness Report.

The travel tax was introduced in the 2009 Budget.

Ryanair noted that other European countries experienced growth in the travel sector after the tax was reduced.

Luxembourg performed best out of the euro zone countries at 3rd on the list, while the UK was ranked 139th.

The report, published earlier this month, assesses how the policies of 140 countries help develop their travel and tourism sectors.

Luxembourg performed best out of the euro zone countries at 3rd on the list, while the UK was ranked 139th.

The report, published earlier this month, assessed how the policies of 140 countries help develop their travel and tourism sectors.

Ireland's overall rank was up three positions from the 2011 report to 19th, and it was placed top of the list for implementing policies which encourage foreign direct investment.