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NI Hotels Federation’s Janice Gault

NI Hotels Federation’s Janice Gault

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NI Hotels Federation’s Janice Gault

Tourist industry chiefs are encouraging the Executive to follow the lead of counterparts in the Republic by considering a 'pay to stay' scheme as an incentive to holiday at home, saying that nothing should be left off the table to ensure the survival of the industry.

The Irish Government announced its long-awaited financial plan yesterday, with a €7.4bn financial aid package to help stimulate the economy.

Under a staycation voucher scheme, consumers will be able to claim a tax refund of up to €125 when they spend €625 on accommodation, food or non-alcoholic drinks, although the policy is not expected to start until October.