BASSETERRE, St. Kitts & Nevis: Minister of Tourism, Senator Richard Skerritt, and other Caribbean tourism officials continue to express their displeasure with the British government’s decision to increase a tax for British vacationers.
The Air Passenger Duty (APD) rose by eight per cent on April 1, despite a great deal of criticism.
“This measure will affect the economy of our area,” said Skerritt, who is also chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO).
“The APD has contributed to the decrease in British tourists visiting our country, and…the members of the Caribbean community in the United Kingdom have reduced their trips to the region,” he said.
According to Secretary General of the Caribbean Association of Hotels and Tourism, Alec Sanguinetti, nearly 1,373,600 tourists from the United Kingdom visited the region in 2007, and that number dropped to 1,103,400 in 2010, an eight per cent decrease.