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More EU tax threats to Caribbean tourism

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Friday, 08 April 2011

More EU tax threats to Caribbean tourism

A Caribbean lobbyist says instead of providing ease for travellers to the Caribbean, Britain's decision to forgo a controversial increase in air departure tax, could result in Caribbean tourism being hit with a double whammy come next year. That is the assessment of Gilmore Smith, the deputy chair of a Caribbean tourism committee set up to lobby against Britain's Air Passenger Duty (APD). Mr. Smith says instead of one air tax, come next year, there will be two, as the European Union is also implementing a tax on air travel, the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). He added that the ETS, plus next April's planned increase in Britain's APD could make travel to the Caribbean much more expensive, and could lead to a big fallout in travel to the Caribbean.

Source: The BBC Caribbean Service