Apple Leisure Group Joins ‘Buy One, Give One’ Campaign to Jump-Start Travel

Apple Leisure Group | May 22, 2020

Apple Leisure Group Vacations (ALGV) announced today that it’s coming together with other hospitality operators to participate in a new ‘Buy One, Give One’ program, which serves the dual purpose of generating immediate revenue for hotels suffering from the effects of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and providing a “thank you” gesture to the dedicated healthcare professionals who’ve worked tirelessly on the front lines of the pandemic.
As such, ALGV becomes the only wholesale tour operator thus far to join in the “pay it forward” campaign. Restarting leisure travel is a major priority for the whole hospitality industry, which has been among the most severely impacted economic sectors amid COVID-19. According to recent data from the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), 70 percent of hotel employees have been laid off or furloughed, and 80 percent of hotel rooms sit empty.

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The HBAA became increasingly involved in VAT issues affecting its members during the course of 2009. This demonstrates that there is a need for guidance on a number of VAT issues and the purpose of this is paper is to set out the main issues which members should be aware of and to explain some ideas which can help members achieve an acceptable VAT position.

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