The Disneyland Resort Paris has avoided the need to introduce major ticket price rises after French MPs rejected a proposed sales tax increase.
French Budget Minister Valerie Pecresse had proposed an increase in the tax from 5.5 percent to 19.6 percent, which could have resulted in single-day adult and child ticket prices for Disneyland Paris increasing by more than £6 each. However, The Scotsman reports that the move was rejected by a committee in the lower house of the French parliament.
Theme parks are currently exempt from the 19.6 percent sales tax rate that applies to other industries. By removing the exemption, Pecresse had hoped to raise an additional €90 million to aid in reducing the French budget deficit. The proposal has not been dropped entirely, but faces significant hurdles following the rejection.
The news will come as a relief to Disneyland Paris, which would have been forced to raise prices without receiving any additional revenue. One-day tickets for UK visitors currently cost £51 for adults and £45 for children, with prices for multi-day visits being significantly higher.
The Disneyland Resort Paris has struggled in recent years to service its massive debts, but had succeeded in increasing attendance during the first half of its 2010/2011 financial year. Attendance improved by 5% to 6.9 million between October 2010 and March 2011, with revenues also increasing by a similar percentage to €300.4 million.
Other French theme parks are also covered by the tax exemption, which was introduced by former President François Mitterrand in the 1980s.