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Foreign officials welcome APD reform

Foreign officials welcome APD reform
21 Mar 2014

The government's decision to reform the contentious Air Passenger Duty (APD) has been welcomed by tourist officials overseas.

For instance, tourism bosses in Barbados and Antigua have become the latest industry figures to hail the move.

It has led to speculation that the region - which is reliant on tourism as a pillar of its economy - would will see a spike in the number of visitors from the UK.

Richard Sealy, tourism and international transport minister of Barbados, commented: "When I attended meetings with the British government together with Caribbean colleagues and the travel sector to present our case against this tax, I was impressed with how forcefully our industry came together on this issue.

"Our key travel industry partners were incredibly supportive in arguing with Barbados against the APD whilst still continuing to advocate travel to our country."

He added that the distorting impact of the tax has been removed.ADNFCR-408-ID-801705683-ADNFCR

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