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11 MARCH 2013

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Article from BTNews 11 MARCH 2013

ABTA makes the point

The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) has been busy in supporting A Fair Tax on Flying with a Houses of Parliament reception plus a not very private letter to the Chancellor George Osborne MP calling on the Government to take action in four key areas in the March Budget. 

The Parliamentary reception attracted over 150 MPs and leading industry figures.

In his letter to the Chancellor, ABTA Chief Executive Mark Tanzer offers a four-point action plan which is shaped to enable the travel industry to maximise its contribution to economic growth and job creation whilst also recognising the key role performed by all three sectors of the tourism mix: domestic, inbound and outbound.

With Air Passenger Duty (APD) he wants the minimum of no rise and points out that surveys indicate an abolition of APD would result in a net tax gain for the Exchequer.  He says Heathrow should be integrated into HS2 and that the Treasury should encourage additional expenditure by families to support the wider economy including spend on the annual family holiday.  Cutting red tape is another objective for ABTA. www.abta.com

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