UK government to launch APD consultation in March, says Minister

UK government to launch APD consultation in March, says Minister

The UK government is planning a new consultation on Airport Passenger Duty (APD), according to the Jamaican Minister of Tourism. Ed Bartlett, the country’s Minister of Tourism has suggested a new consultation on the controversial tax APD will happen in March. Bartlett, who has been at the forefront of the Caribbean Tourist Organisation’s (CTO) lobbying of the Government, believes the cost and inconsistencies of APD is having a direct affect on CTO countries. The CTO has also since argued that all its destinations and all British travellers are being adversely affected by such high taxation. “Reduced Caribbean demand due to APD from the UK is supported by the fact that Cheapflights.co.uk’s annual searches for the popular destination islands of Jamaica and Barbados have seen 13.2% and 23% falls respectively as of November 2010,” said Bartlett. “The CTO now commendably appears to have succeeded with its lobbying in reducing APD for its region. However, the overall burden of this regressive and heavy tax on passengers will regrettably appear to remain the same following the reported reorganisation of APD.” Gareth Williams, CEO of flight search engine Skyscanner, added: “The decision to undertake a consultation process to review air passenger duty in March will be well received and the results eagerly awaited by both holiday makers and the travel industry who have already seen passenger tax increase four fold in the last four years with a number of additional unrelated flight taxes proposed already this year.”

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