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A local tourism official has reacted to news of what has been described as an unexpected reduction in the Air Passenger Duty Tax imposed on passengers travelling from the UK to the Caribbean.

From April 1, 2015, the tax on long-haul flights between 4,001 and 6,000 miles will be reduced by £14 per person, while those over 6,000 miles will be cut by £26.

The move will save a family of four £56 when visiting destinations such as the Caribbean, India or Thailand, or £104 when visiting Australia, Argentina or Singapore Those flying in premium economy, business class or first class will save twice as much.

A former President of the St. Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association Berthia Parle has welcomed the reduction noting that it will help to boost visitor arrivals from the UK market.

Mrs Parle also believes that the downturn in the global economy, increases in unemployment and intense lobbying were responsible for the decline in the APD tax rate.

 APD is currently calculated by measuring the distance between London and the final destination’s capital city, with different contributions divided into four “bands”. Band A covers flights of less than 2,000 miles, B covers those between 2,001 and 4,000 miles, C applies to those between 4,001 and 6,000, and D to those farther than 6,000 miles.
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