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Article from BTNews 2 NOVEMBER 2009

BAR UK and the Olympics

BAR UK (The Board of Airline Representatives in the UK) has written to all 156 National Olympic Committees outside of Europe alerting them to the substantial increase in travel costs and inviting them to express their concerns to their relevant British Embassy or High Commission.  BAR UK is particularly concerned about the impact on inbound tourism during the games and over the next 30 months plus leading up to the Olympiad.  New rates of Air Passenger Duty (APD) will mean a tax bill of at least £340 (or local equivalent) for a family of four from Australia for the outbound leg of their travel after November next year.  Early bargain-hunters will receive a nasty shock with APD rates (currently £40 per person on all economy long haul bookings) about to rise 50% on flights to the US, 87% to the Caribbean and 112% to Singapore and China. www.bar-uk.org

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