Jamaica’s minister of tourism has said he remains hopeful that the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s budget will amend the banding structure for Air Passenger Duty (APD). The Honourable Edmund Bartlett said he agreed with Justine Greening MP, economic secretary to the treasury, who said that the UK and Caribbean needed to continue their ‘strong ties’. Bartlett and Caribbean governments are now hoping that the tax will be changed in the statement, which is released on 23 March. “The UK government said that it will consult on any major changes to APD,” said Bartlett. “It is my hope that on 23 March a change to the current structure is proposed and that all interested parties will then have the opportunity to consult on the proposed changes. It would be great to see a revised system that affords fair treatment to all countries implemented as soon as possible.” APD has been deemed unfair by Caribbean destinations and governments as it charges more tax for a shorter flight than other countries, such as the USA.