Asian tourism leaders slam UK ‘tax on travel’

Asian tourism leaders slam UK ‘tax on travel’

The Asia Pacific tourism industry has raised concerns over the negative impact of the UK government’s proposed further increase in Air Passenger Duty (APD) in November. Members of the Pacific Tourism Leaders’ Forum (PTLF) called the tax ‘ill conceived and draconian’ and fear it will put jobs and the economy at risk in the high tourism-dependent country. “It is difficult to understand that a global economic power such as the United Kingdom could act with such insensitivity. This draconian tax serves only to generate revenue with absolutely no benefit to the environment that it purports to protect,” said Australian Tourism Export Council Managing Director Matt Hingerty. Tourism is among the top three income generators for Asia Pacific regions and is the top sector for employment. The planned increase in APD will add an extra

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