At this point, a guest of the event argued that the gastronomy would benefit massively from tax relief. This would allow restaurateurs to invest more in the quality of their businesses. He drew attention to the reduced VAT rate of 7% for the entire gastronomy sector, which DEHOGA had been demanding for a long time, and received thunderous applause for his efforts. Steiniger, also member of the finance committee in the German Bundestag, appealed to the restaurateurs to exert even more pressure.
Last but not least, digitisation is also an important topic for the restaurateurs at the Wine Route. Jürgen Vogel complained about a lack of internet access in Rhineland-Palatinate, although more and more tourists are looking for hotels and restaurants on the Internet. At this point, Thomas Klein, Member of the Management Board of METRO Germany, drew the attention on the digital tools that METRO offers its customers.
At the end of the evening, it could be said that all restaurateurs have to join forces. Only in this way could the demands for a reduced VAT rate, for less red-tape and for greater recognition of restaurateurs in politics be heard.