Travel-and-Leisure The Minister of Tourism for Jamaica, Edmund Bartlett, is calling on to all travel and tourism .panies that operate in the Caribbean to rally around and support the debate that urges the reversal or changes in Air Passenger Duty (APD). At present, the United Kingdom has the highest rate of APD tax which is added to the cost of Caribbean holidays when travellers depart from UK airports. While addressing the United Nations World Tourism Organisations 19th General Assembly in South Korea last week, Mr Bartlett said: The debate should continue in light of the fact that the UK Government is facing growing opposition in Parliament over plans to increase the rate of APD. He urged .panies that specialise in the Caribbean holidays sector to support the debate. He said: It is critical for tourism interests in the Caribbean to remain involved in this debate. It is important for us to speak with one voice on this urgent matter and to collaborate with our colleagues so as to resolve this dilemma. It is also necessary for us to collaborate with our colleagues in the private sector and the Diaspora in the UK to try and eliminate this predicament. It is also very important that the Caribbean retains the continued support of the UNWTO in resolving this urgent issue in a fair and impartial manner. APD was introduced by the British Government in 1994 and since then government has increased the tax by an incredible 2,600 per cent which has had an impact on the number of travellers who book holidays to the Caribbean. The tax is charged according to how far away the capital of a country is from the United Kingdom. Despite Florida and Hawaii being located further from the UK, the countrys capital city of New York is closer than many Caribbean capital cities, so passengers travelling to the United States, regardless of the city or estate are charged less. British Airways announced last month that they would be cutting the number of Caribbean flights it offers they offer because of the excessive APD tax, and many businesses in the region are also struggling, especially Caribbean hotels and resorts as travellers opt for cheaper holiday destinations such as Florida. Mr Bartlett concluded: We in the Caribbean should support the proposal suggested by the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) for a less discriminatory approach to the .putation of the tax that is imposed. We have re.mended that the band arrangement be adjusted to establish only two bands for long and short haul respectively in addition to a rate adjustment. This we believe would provide an alternative revenue neutral solution which is more closely aligned to actual carbon emissions as opposed to the arbitrary classifications based on bands which now exist. About the Author: By: Patrick Hooper – It is an awesome place not just for the wine lovers as many people love to visit the Sula Vineyards because of its beautiful nature. Sula Vineyards is a very attractive, first of its kind in India. … By: Patrick Hooper – Mumbai is a world city where people from different parts of India love to settle. There are various reasons for the people to .e to this city as they want to achieve something in their life and Mu … By: Patrick Hooper – Being the financial capital of India, Mumbai has also got amazing attraction in its profile. Whenever any tourists plan for India, then he/she keep Mumbai in the list as it is not going to be over w … By: Patrick Hooper – Mumbai is one of the most populated cities of the world. At the same, it is also the financial capital of India. From a long time Mumbai has been expanding itself as many people from different corne … By: Patrick Hooper – Mumbai is also known as the city of dreams. If you have dream about the colourful life, like Bollywood, then you may expect thing to be like that in this beautiful city. This is a world class city t … By: Patrick Hooper – Being the financial capital of India, Mumbai offers a lot to the visitors. If you are having a plan to visit India, then you cannot ignore Mumbai. The reasons are lucid that you would just not get t … By: vikram kumar – One of the busiest airport in the world is the Heathrow airport after Atlanta in the US and Beijing in China. With over two runways, eighty airlines working at the same time and one hundred and seve … By: Chauffeur Ride – For many couples, choosing a car hire in London can be a difficult task, especially when the car is needed for a wedding. Not all wedding cars are equal. By: Dayindelhi – As India is the nation of various diversities, that is the reason is a primary fascination for the guests both residential and universal. In India, Delhi is the fundamental center for all kind of ex … By: Dayindelhi – For convenience there are a few 5 Star and 4 Star grand Inns like Oberoi Lodging, Taj Inn, and Connaught Inn and so on. These lodgings are furnished with most ideal administrations and pleasantries. … 相关的主题文章:


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