The VAT and sales tax you incur when purchasing various travel components, including hotels and car rental, which is then sold by tour operators to foreign travellers – is refundable in certain EU countries. If your company is involved in the organisation of meetings, incentive travel, conferences or exhibitions, and you provide services to business clients in countries other than your own – you are eligible to claim back VAT. This may come as a surprise to many tour operators selling international travelling packages, as they assume they are governed by TOMS (Tour Operator Margin Scheme) and lose out on VAT refunds.

Who can claim?

Tour operators
Event planning and production companies
Convention and conference organisers
Car and limousine rental companies

What you can claim:

VAT on bulk-booking accommodation
VAT on trade show and exhibition supplies
VAT on transport
VAT on packaged tours
VAT on conference supplies
VAT on car rentals

No recovery; no fee