Pestina calls for permanent halt to Britain’s APD

first_img Share Share LocalNews Pestina calls for permanent halt to Britain’s APD by: – March 24, 2011 Former President of the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association (DHTA) Judith Pestaina, wants Britain to make permanent, a decision to hold over a planned increase in air passenger duty (APD), a tax which saw travellers flying out of Britain paying much more for flights.Britain said on Wednesday it is holding back the tax until the year 2012, in order to soften the blow on travellers in the midst of rising oil prices.The Caribbean Tourism Organisation and some leaders in the Caribbean have been speaking out strongly against the tax and have been lobbying the British government to change their mind, as they argued it will hurt Caribbean tourism.And Pestaina wants the lobbying to continue, as Dominica and others in the region attract British visitors. Pestaina has also contended that Dominicans residing in the United Kingdom would find it much harder to return home with the APD in effect.“We are quite concerned that this would mean a drastic reduction of visitors coming from the UK, and you know we have quite a number of Dominican nationals who come home regularly so that would mean it would be prohibitive,” she said.The controversial rise in the APD which had become effective in November 2010 saw passengers travelling from the UK to Caribbean destinations on an economy class ticket, paying £75 in APD, up from £50 in 2009 and £40 in 2007. Those travelling on first class, business or premium economy ticket were subject to heavy taxes on APD also.“With oil prices going up that would even become a worst scenario… you have fuel prices going up, the cost of travel…is going to escalate…then you would have people looking at other destinations which would be much less costly where they could travel for much cheaper prices… I know the Caribbean governments put up a strong lobby to ensure that this was not imposed so let’s hope that this is going to continue” Pestaina articulated.Source: DBS News Tweetcenter_img 35 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img

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