Families flying from the UK will benefit from the abolition of Air Passenger Duty for children under the age of 12 from today. For some families this will cut the cost of going on holiday by hundreds of pounds. For example, abolishing APD for under 12s will mean parents with two young children could save as much as £142 on long-haul trips to destinations like the USA and Australia.
A combination of economic factors is likely to prevent the UK tourism sector from recovering for at least five years, according to a new report from Mintel. Higher fuel prices, pushing up the cost of flights, and a rise in VAT scheduled for January 2011 will both hit demand, says the British Lifestyles 2010 report.
The British government has mooted the possibility of changes to the deeply unpopular Air Passenger Duty in an emergency budget. Addressing the House of Commons, chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne suggested the government was willing to “explore changes to the aviation tax system”.
Two weeks on from the 2010 General Election the new coalition government has presented its full legislative programme. But what does this mean for the UK travel sector? Breaking Travel News Junior Editor Chris O’Toole takes a look.
The UK’s top visitor attractions remain largely optimistic about the immediate future, with 82 per cent expecting to maintain or increase visitor figures over the coming year.
The first of two increases in the UK’s Air Passenger Duty (APD), a tax which varies according to distance travelled and seat class, has come into effect with a chorus of disapproval from airlines and travel organisations.
The rise in UK Air Passenger Duty (APD) could see holiday firms scrapping premium economy because the seating is charged the same levy as first and business class.The APD is set to increase to as much as £55 a seat this November on some long haul flights, making unviable for many tour operators and airlines to continue offering this option.(Above: On the campaign trail against APD - Jamaica’s Minister for Tourism, Edmund Bartlett)