Ministers nix planned move that would have hiked prices for tourists by 17%

A ministerial committee on the state budget unanimously votes to accept Tourism Minister Haim Katz’s request to remove the proposal to add a VAT charge on products and services for tourists visiting Israel.

The government’s planned move would have hiked prices for tourists by 17%, a move Katz says would have dealt a “severe blow” to the tourism industry.

Katz thanks the prime minister, the finance minister and fellow ministers for their backing, which comes after the Finance Ministry had earlier demanded that the measure be included in the state budget.

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