Air tax 2
Still grappling with the impact of Britain’s air passenger duty (APD), Barbados’ travel sector has been told to brace for another environmental travel tax out of Europe.
Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association (BHTA) president Colin Jordan said Europe would soon introduce an emissions tax on air travel, which is likely to have the effect of a double whammy since “the United Kingdom has made it clear that the new emissions tax will be in addition to the APD”.
Jordan could not say exactly when the new tax, introduced on January 1, would take effect here, but the European Union estimates that the cost of airfares will rise by between two and 12 euros (approximately BDS$5 to $30) per passenger by next year.
Barbados and other Caribbean governments are yet to publicly state their position on the tax, but China, India, the United States and Russia are among more than 20 international countries strongly opposed to it.
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