NEWS that tourism businesses can soon be reopened has been welcomed by, Country Land and Business Association President Mark Bridgeman.

He said: “Tourism businesses will breathe a sigh of relief and will be working tirelessly to ensure they are ready for July 4.

“Rural tourism businesses could see revenues fall by up to £17.6bn this year.

“In the UK, VAT on tourism businesses, at 20 per cent, is far higher than in many other countries, including France (10%), Spain (10%) and Greece (13%).”

“A reduction in VAT would help domestic tourism to be competitive. Competitive pricing, along with the promotion of domestic tourism, will significantly boost the economy and also help reduce our carbon footprint.”