Lobby against Air Passenger Duty intensifies


image The Caribbean Tourism Organization has reported that the number of visitors to the region from the UK has decreased since the sharp increase in the APD earlier this month.

Regional governments yesterday ramped up their efforts to have the UK Government reconsider their recent sharp increase of the Air Passenger Duty (APD) as Caribbean Tourism Ministers and High Commissioners, met with members of the Scottish Parliament to continue their lobby efforts.

The controversial tax that is applied to the cost of airline tickets originating in the UK has resulted in a reduction in bookings for several countries in the region.

Jamaica’s Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, who was part of the delegation, said the talks went extremely well.

He said they had extensive discussions with the Cross Party Group, which consists of representatives from Scotland’s Conservative, Labour and Green parties.

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