UNWTO and CTO welcome UK announcement to reform Air Passenger DutyListen /
The UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and in particular, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) are delighted with the announcement by the British Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, that the Air Passenger Duty (APD) will be reformed from next year.
The Chancellor has announced that from April of 2015, the APD will be simplified into a two band system: Band A for short haul flights of less than 2000 miles from London and Band B for all long haul flights more than 2000 miles from London. The new Band B will be charged at the planned rate in 2015-16 (£71 for reduced rate passengers and £142 for standard rate passengers).
The CTO Chairman, Beverly Nicholson-Doty said: "This is a complete victory for the Caribbean, which, led by the CTO, has been lobbying against the unfair system which charged a higher rate of APD on flights to Barbados than Hawaii and placed the United States at a competitive advantage.
She said "We are delighted that the Chancellor has finally accepted the Caribbean's proposal made in November 2010 to return to the simpler and fairer two band system. We want to thank everyone who has supported our lobby, including Caribbean Governments, our partners, the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association, British MPs and peers, the Caribbean High Commissioners in London, Caribbean Ambassadors in Brussels, the Diaspora, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the World Travel and Tourism Council and the airlines and travel companies.”
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the World Travel & Tourism Council have been very supportive of the Caribbean in its lobbying efforts against the APD band system.
Ms. Nicolson-Doty said "Rest assured that the CTO, with support of our partners, will continue to advocate on behalf of the Caribbean tourism sector. We will now proceed to examine all the implications of this very positive development and advise our members accordingly."