Half of all UK holidaymakers have admitted the increase in Air Passenger Duty (APD) next year will have a negative impact on their travel plans, a report by World Travel Market released today (Monday 5 November) reveals.
More than a quarter (26%) say they will only take short haul breaks next year instead of long haul holidays as a result of the increases, while 19% said they will be forced to reduce the number of overseas holidays they take. One in 20 admitted they will be forced to take a domestic break instead of an overseas holiday following the rise which will see the most expensive bracket cost £188 per person in APD as of 1 April, 2013. While 26% of Brits added their plans for overseas trips would remain unchanged following the increase, worryingly 18% of the 1,001 consumers questioned said they were still unsure as to what impact the increase would have.
UK holidaymakers’ fears are replicated by the travel industry. Of the 1,310 senior travel industry professionals questioned for the World Travel Market Industry Report 2012, 36% of those questioned think Brits will choose short haul holidays instead of long haul holidays, while a further 34% said fewer long haul holidays will be taken. An additional 19% believe fewer holidays overall will be taken.
Reed Travel Exhibitions Chairman World Travel Market Fiona Jeffery said: “Next year's increase in APD has long been a concern of the travel industry but it is still surprising to see just how pessimistic it is. However, when you consider half the UK market has said the changes will negatively impact their choice of holiday next year then it seems the industry is right to be concerned.
“APD had continued to be increased by all governments since it was introduced in 1994 as a simple £5 UK and EU tax and £10 for everywhere else. From next year the highest rate will be £188 per person.
“The travel and tourism industry contributes almost 10% of the UK’s GPD. One has to question the UK government’s strategy and how counterproductive APD is as a tax.”
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World Travel Market, the leading global event for the travel industry, is the must-attend four-day business-to-business exhibition for the worldwide travel and tourism industry.
Almost 48,000 senior travel industry professionals, government ministers and international press, embark on ExCeL - London every November to network, negotiate and discover the latest industry opinion and trends at WTM.
WTM, now in its 33rd year, is the event where the travel industry conducts and concludes its deals.
WTM 2011 will generate £1,653 million of travel industry contracts, revealed independent research by Fusion Communications.
WTM is owned by the world’s leading events organiser Reed Exhibitions (RE), which organises a portfolio of other travel industry events including Arabian Travel Market and International Luxury Travel Market.
In 2010, RE held more than 460 events in 36 countries bringing together more than seven million people from around the world generating billions of dollars in business.
About Reed Travel Exhibitions
Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE) is the world’s leading provider of exhibitions in the travel and tourism industry. Its wide-ranging portfolio of events around the globe covers leisure travel, luxury travel, business travel and the meetings and incentives industry.
In 2011 RTE 13 events were the catalyst for £2,807 million worth of travel and tourism business deals.
The 13 events are; World Travel Market (WTM), Arabian Travel Market (ATM), International French Travel Market (IFTM), La Cumbre, International Golf Travel Market (IGTM), International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM), International Luxury Travel Market Asia (ILTMA), Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) (owned by Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau), Global Exhibition for Incentive, Business Travel, and Meetings (EIBTM), Gulf Incentive, Business Travel and Meetings (GIBTM), Americas Incentive, Business Travel and Meetings (AIBTM), China Incentive, Business Travel and Meetings (CIBTM) and Business Travel Market.
April 2013 will see RTE launch World Travel Market Latin America in São Paulo.
RTE is a business unit of Reed Exhibitions. In 2011, six million participants attended RE’s 500 events in 39 countries covering 44 industry sectors from aerospace and aviation to beauty and cosmetics to sports and recreation.
Reed Exhibitions is owned by Reed Elsevier, the world’s leading provider of professional information and online workflow solutions.
About Reed Exhibitions
Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events organizer, with over 500 events in 39 countries. In 2011 Reed brought together six million active event participants from around the world, generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa and organized by 33 fully staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions serves 44 industry sectors with trade and consumer events and is part of the Reed Elsevier Group plc, a world-leading publisher and information provider and a FTSE 100 company. www.reedexpo.com