Caribbean said to stand good chance on rebalancing of controversial APD
Fri 19 November, 2010

A senior British aviation official has said the Caribbean stands a very good chance of getting the United Kingdom government to implement a re-balancing of the controversial air passenger duty - APD.

Chief Executive of Virgin Atlantic Steve Ridgeway told the Caribbean Media Corporation that “the UK Exchequer is in such bad shape that it needs the money, but what we can achieve is to get the tax re-balanced more fairly?.

Last week, regional governments said they had proposed reforming the controversial APD by charging one rate for flights within Europe and another for long-haul journeys.

The Caribbean Tourism Organisation in which Anguilla holds membership said in a statement that a detailed analysis of how the tax is affecting Caribbean economies and recommendations for change had been presented to the British government by CTO chairman Richard Skerritt, who is also the Minister of Tourism of St Kitts-Nevis.

Ridgeway said that he had received a letter from the UK Chancellor, George Osborne, indicating perhaps for the first time that he needed to look at the tax structure.


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