Region's Tourism Ministers take common aproach to save Caribbean holidays from controversial UK tax
Caribbean countries are uniting in a common approach to establish how they will adapt to the increased Air Duty Passenger tax imposed by Britain and due to take place from November 2011.
In order to try and protect Caribbean holidays, various Caribbean Tourism Ministers have agreed on a common approach to the UK administration and its controversial forthcoming tax on airline tickets which is known as the Air Passenger Duty (APD) which is set to increase this November.
According to tourism industry experts, the tax, which has already affected UK visitor arrivals to Caribbean holidays will deal a blow on the economies of the region and other developing countries.
To face the situation, St Lucia’s Tourism Minister, Honourable Allan Chastanet, says his regional counterparts have all agreed to implement some decisive plans to ensure that the Caribbean’s position is well represented at ongoing negotiations on the controversial travel tax.
Under the classification economy class, UK passengers travelling to St Lucia holidays and other holiday destinations in the Caribbean will be subject to paying an additional 70 to 150 pounds on their plane tickets.
“The next step for us is continuing our bilateral discussions with the UK government. We have always indicated we do not have a difficulty with any government that wants to raise revenue through taxation. The problem arises when taxation is done in a manner where it prejudices trade, or discriminates against trade in this region—that is our concern.”
“We think the four bands leaves a lot to be desired. I don’t think anyone needs to be a brain surgeon to realise our concern when the tax is increased to the extent, that a premium economy class tickets will increase the cost by $EC600.”
Minister Chastanet says Caribbean tourism ministers have decided to launch a formal complaint with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) against the UK government because the Airport Passenger Duty (APD) is discriminatory in nature.
"A study was done which confirms to us that this tax does infringe on GATT, because it is discriminatory. If you look at the example of Turkey and Egypt, the APD on Turkey will be between 12 to 24 pounds sterling. For Egypt which is right next to Turkey, it is going to be between 60 to 120 pounds. Clearly, there is also the a situation where people can come to the Caribbean and pay between 70 to 150 pounds versus going to Hawaii where they will pay between 60 to 120 pounds. Indeed, there are numerous examples to show that this tax is discriminatory that is why we are preparing a paper to file the complaint with the WTO.”
The Air Passenger Duty (APD) is an excise duty which is charged on the carriage of passengers flying from a United Kingdom airport on an aircraft that has an authorized take off weight of more than ten tones or more than twenty seats for passengers.
Talk to a specialist
Call 020 7644 1770 to speak with our award-winning travel consultants.
Opening hours 09:00 - 19:00 GMT
Popular Holidays In Caribbean and Costa Rica Browse all
Delight in the best Cuba has to offer with this stunning beach and city twin centre holiday
- Add Havana half-day tour from £49pp, taking in Revolution Square, Malecón and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Old Havana
- Iberostar Tainos is designed in the style of a traditional Caribbean village with two-storey bungalows that comprise spacious and elegant rooms
- Enjoy a historic stay in Havana at the NH Capri Hotel, which opened in 1957 and was initially run by the mafia
Relish the timeless charms of Cuba from the comfort of Cuba’s most cutting edge hotels
- Stay at two of Cuba’s most cutting edge hotels, bursting with modern comforts
- Relish an all-inclusive beach retreat, boasting an overabundance of facilities
- Explore Havana’s charismatic, timeless and bustling streets
Soak up the history and culture in Havana before a luxurious stay at one of Varadero's most stunning beachfront resorts
- Rooftop swimming pool and jacuzzi at Parque Central where you can look over the spectacular city of Havana
- Bella Vista sits on Varadero's pristine stretch of beach with 24-Hour all-inclusive services
- Endless range of facilities and activities for the perfect stay in your beachfront paradise
- Discover Havana’s timeless, charismatic and bustling streets with a Havana city tour
A couples' special - enjoy the perfect mix of history, local culture and laidback beach retreat for the perfect romantic Cuban experience.
- Enjoy all kind of the Spa treatments, water and land sports at Blau Varadero
- Fantastic views to the ocean from the modern and elegant rooms with balcony or terrace
- The perfect location of Blau Varadero beside the pristine sandy beach
Combine exploring the old dimes of Havana with a refreshing beach retreat in Vardero on an unforgettable twin centre...
Take a holiday to the Caribbean resort of Cancun in Mexico. In the magnificent Moon Palace Cancun you will be perfectly...
Discover the cultural and historical treasures of Havana as you're treated to 5-star service at the Iberostar Parque...
A holiday at the Dominican Republic's Punta Cana is highly recommended for several reasons. Find out for yourself why so...
Come to the beautiful island of Barbados and feel the magic of the Caribbean sun. Seven rejuvenating days in the...
You can enjoy all the aspects of this charming island, as the elegant eco-friendly property is located near all the...