WTTC calls for public and private sectors to address air passenger duty

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is calling for the public and private sectors to co-operate to alleviate barriers to industry growth.

World Travel & Tourism Council
World Travel & Tourism Council
"Investment in travel and tourism has the very real potential to grow national and local economies and create employment opportunities," said a WTTC statement in reaction to the UK emergency budget. "That investment need not come from the public purse, but could begin with a serious discussion between the public and private sectors about the potential barriers to growth such as air passenger duty and visa policies."

The WTTC also highlighted the disparity between public sector support for the travel and financial/business industries, despite travel and tourism accounting for a higher economy GDP.

"This is a difficult budget in a tough economic climate in which there are no easy options and many nations are forced to tighten their belts," said the WTTC statement. "However, at £140bn, the share of the UK’s travel and tourism economy GDP is higher than that of the £114bn financial and business services sector. Yet travel and tourism has received very little direct support compared to the £850bn given to the financial sector."

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