ABTA joins up with UK overseas territories against APD

ABTA joins up with UK overseas territories against APD

ABTA has stepped up its campaign against the government’s Air Passenger Duty (APD) by seeking the support of British Overseas Territories. Speaking at a meeting of the UK Overseas Territories Association (UKOTA), ABTA called for a more co-ordinated approach against APD and warned that visitor numbers to Britain’s overseas territories were at risk if the flight tax continued to rise. ABTA recently agreed to work alongside Caribbean islands against the tax and extending this co-operation would further enhance the lobby against the criticised flight tax. “There is a strong link between the UK and the Overseas Territories,” said Luke Pollard, ABTA head of public affairs. “Each year thousands of people travel between the UK and Britain’s Overseas Territories contributing millions to the economies of these islands. The hike in APD is putting these lifelines and trade routes at risk and making it more expensive for British citizens to visit friends and family in the Overseas Territories. OTs are already reporting falling numbers of Britons visiting their islands and this week’s hike in tax will only price more people out of visiting the Overseas Territories.” The UKOTA represents 14 different territories with a population of 250,000 and thousands more friends and family resident in the UK.

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