Kat Brogan, managing director of Mercat Tours welcomed the announcement from Chancellor, Rishi Sunak this afternoon, as VAT will be slashed from 20% to 5% for hospitality and tourism businesses from Wednesday,15 July 2020 until 12, January 2021.

“The government needs to do all it can do to revive the economy and the VAT reduction is a good place to start. It will help us support our team and invest in our future. 

“Tourism has been hit hard but we have faith that local communities will show trust and support for ethical, family businesses again. We’ve had so many lovely messages of support during the last few months, we know people want to start reconnecting with their city and we’ll help them do it safely.

“We’ll re-launch Mercat Tours when the time is right and with the approach required to instil confidence in our team and visitors.  As a Living Wage employer and 5-star tour company we have, and always will, put our people first.

“Right now, until then, we are urging consumers to buy ahead, so we can build towards opening and offering the personal, storytelling experience visitors expect.” 

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