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Thursday 20 November 2003, 2:42 PM

Tourism Alliance Deputy Chairman, Richard Tobias, has urged Gordon Brown not to raise Air Passenger Duty when he makes his pre-budget statement later this month. Addressing the first ever tourism session at the CBI Annual Conference in Birmingham this week, Tobias said

"Tourism to and from Britain is only just beginning to show signs of recovery after the devastating events that have affected our industry during the past few years. Any increase in cost has a serious impact on our recovery and prospects and must be strongly resisted", Tobias continued. "Tourism is an extremely price sensitive product and it’s amazing that, in the very week that the Majorcan authorities abandoned an eco-tax because it had had a detrimental effect on visitor numbers, the British government is considering hitting Britain’s tourism industry with yet more taxes, in the form of a possible increase in Air Passenger Duty". Also speaking at the session were Tessa Jowell, Secretary of State for Culture, and Sir Michael Lickiss, Chairman of VisitBritain. During his speech Tobias highlighted the work being undertaken by the Tourism Alliance and stressed that the Alliance is expecting the Government to deliver additional financial support for the industry.

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