ABTA Chief Executive Mark Tanzer has written to the Chancellor George Osborne MP calling on the Government to take action in four key areas in the March Budget. The four point action plan 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.
ABTA’s four point action plan is based on the policy principals outlined in its recent “Valuing the UK’s Tourism Mix” paper, and calls for:
Mark Tanzer, CEO ABTA said: “We understand that the Government has to make some economic tough decisions, but it is also important to focus on policies that deliver growth. Our four point action plan sets this out very clearly. Through reviewing its policies on Air Passenger Duty and strategic infrastructure, addressing squeezed family incomes and cutting red tape, the Government can create the conditions for the travel industry to thrive, creating jobs and building the economy in the process.”
Luke Pollard, ABTA's Head of Public Affairs said: "Ministers must look again at the policies that are preventing tourist businesses growing and taking on more people. Addressing Air Passenger Duty is one such policy obstacle and we're pleased to see so many MPs backing our campaign – A Fair Tax on Flying - privately and publicly. We'll keep the pressure on."
You can view ABTA's full submission to the Government online.