25-Nov-2010 11:11 AM

Ireland considers dropping tourist tax

Ireland’s Minister for Tourism, Mary Hanafin, stated the government would consider scrapping the controversial EUR10 air travel tax as it has failed to "return the revenues expected". Minister Hanafin said the government had forecast EUR125 million in annual revenue but said it would raise only EUR80 million. She added that if the tax was abolished, another revenue-generating strategy would need to be put in place.