News for the Hospitality Executive
THE CARIBBEAN (March 15, 2012) -- The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) and the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) have welcomed recently published research by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) confirming the significant value of travel and tourism to jobs and growth and the damaging effect of Air Passenger Duty to the industry. This is something that has long been recognised in the Caribbean, the most tourism dependent region in the world.
Pointing out that the Caribbean continues to suffer the negative impact of Air Passenger Duty on arrivals from the UK and fears that the situation will be made worse by the increase scheduled for April 2012, Richard "Ricky" Skerritt, CTO's Chairman and Minister of Tourism for St Kitts and Nevis, said:
"For as long as the UK retains the current four band APD system which sees UK passengers to the Caribbean charged more in duty than those travelling much greater distances to US destinations,, the Caribbean is placed at an unjustifiable competitive disadvantage.
"The UK government's response to its consultation on reform of APD was a slap in the face for the Caribbean. This issue is so central to the economic development of the Caribbean and to its 800,000 strong community in the UK that we will continue to argue that we must be included in the same band as the US".
Commenting in reference to the research conducted by Oxford Economics for the WTTC relating to the sensitivity of passengers to changes in air fares, Josef Forstmayr, President of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association, added:
"The study reflects the huge economic contribution that travel and tourism makes. A significant proportion of visitors to the Caribbean originate in the UK. Those visitors are vital to both the Caribbean economy and to UK airlines, tour operators, travel agents and all of the companies providing back office services and supplies to the industry. This close link means that as arrivals to the Caribbean from the UK fall, APD is damaging both Caribbean and UK businesses.
"Increases in APD since 2009 have had a negative impact on UK-Caribbean Tourism. APD is no longer a tax based on environmental principles. There can therefore be no reason for discriminating against destinations based on distance travelled. For this reason the CHTA passed a resolution in January 2012 asking Caribbean governments through the CTO to explore all available legal options".
Since 2008, the Caribbean and its community in the UK have consistently sought to raise the issue of APD at all levels of the British government and with the UK parliament.
The issue of APD was addressed at the UK-Caribbean Government Forum in Grenada in January 2012. In the action points arising from the Forum, the UK committed to "continue dialogue on issues relating to the APD, in the spirit of cooperation and in the context of the importance of tourism to the economic development of the Caribbean, with a view to assisting the region in mitigating any deleterious effects that the application of the APD may have on its economies".
The Caribbean hopes that the UK Treasury will consider this action point when making a decision about any further increases in APD and the impact that it will have on a region that it recognises is tourism dependent.
Collectively, a number of Caribbean Prime Ministers, Ministers of Tourism, officials from the Caribbean Tourism Organization and the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association have consistently raised the issue of Air Passenger Duty with the UK Government and UK Parliament. CHTA and CTO have repeatedly expressed concern about the negative effect that APD is having on the tourism dependent economies of the Caribbean and on the Caribbean community living in the United Kingdom.
The Caribbean understands the challenge faced by the UK in respect of revenue raising, and has put forward constructive suggestions on how the UK can benefit from an Air Passenger Duty tax in a non-discriminatory way. The Caribbean does not believe that APD should be imposed at the expense of the Caribbean economy or its community in the UK.
The Caribbean made a formal response to the Air Passenger Duty consultation in June. In summary this made clear that:
The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) facilitates the full potential of the Caribbean hotel and tourism industry by serving members' needs and building partnerships in a socially responsible and sustainable manner. Celebrating its Golden Jubilee in 2012, CHTA is the voice of the Caribbean hospitality industry for the development of the region in the highly competitive and sophisticated environment of international tourism. Today, tourism is widely recognized as a pivotal industry in the economy of the region - and CHTA functions as the common denominator for this industry in a region of diverse nationalities, languages and styles, identifying mutual problems and marshaling the resources of the active and allied members to devise solutions. CHTA represents all facets of the hospitality industry with more than 725 member hotels and 375 allied members.
For more information, visit http://www.caribbeanhotelandtourism.com.
Follow CHTA on Facebook www.Facebook.com/CaribbeanHotelandTourismAssociation and Twitter www.Twitter.com/CHTAFeeds .
Caribbean Tourism Organization
The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), with the headquarters in Barbados and marketing operations in New York and London, is the Caribbean's tourism development agency and comprises membership of over 30 governments and a myriad of private sector entities.
The CTO's mission is to provide to and through its members, the services and information needed for the development of sustainable tourism for the economic and social benefit of the Caribbean people. The organization provides specialized support and technical assistance to member countries in the areas of marketing, human resource development, research and statistics, information technology, advocacy and sustainable tourism development. The CTO disseminates information on behalf of its member governments to consumers and the travel trade.
The CTO's New York office is located at 80 Broad St., 32nd Floor, New York, NY 10004, USA: Tel: (212) 635-9530; Fax: (212) 635-9511; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; CTO's London office is located at The Quadrant, Richmond, Surrey TW9 1BP, England. Tel: 011 44 208 948 0057; Fax: 011 44 208 948 0067; E-mail: email@example.com; CTO Headquarters is located at One Financial Place, Collymore Rock, St, Michael, Barbados; Tel: (246) 427-5242; Fax: (246) 429-3065; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please visit www.caribbeantravel.com or www.onecaribbean.org. Get the latest CTO updates on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ctotourism. Connect with CTO on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/CaribbeanTourismOrganization.
Theresa M. Oakes / T.Oakes@KTCpr.com
Richard Kahn / R.Kahn@KTCpr.com
Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) in Conjunction with the
Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and Jamaica to Host Caribbean
Tourism Summit June 15-16, 2012 in Jamaica / March 2012
Set for the 16th Annual Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Investment
Conference (CHTIC); To Occur April 24 - 26, 2012 in San Juan, Puerto
Rico / February 2012
Edition of Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association's Marketing Event,
Caribbean Travel Marketplace, Sees 17% Increase in Buyer Companies; New
Caribbean Society of Hotel Association Executives Board of Directors
Named / January 2012
Rico to Host 16th and 17th Annual Caribbean Hotel & Tourism
Investment Conferences / July 2011
Hotel & Tourism (CHTA) Elects Richard J. Doumeng as President-elect
for 2012-2014 / July 2011
Hotel & Tourism (CHTA) Honors Rodney Howell and Lino van der Biezen
with Carribbean Employee & Supervisor of the Year Awards / July
Hotel & Tourism (CHTA) Education Foundation Receives Largest
Donation to Date, $50,000, Presented by Intervale International and
Participating Caribbean Member Resorts / May 2011
Speaker and Agenda Set for the 15th Annual Caribbean Hotel &
Tourism Investment Conference (CHTIC) May 10-12, 2011 in Montego Bay,
Jamaica / April 2011
Hotel & Tourism Association Adds Two New Conferences for 2011 with
Events Scheduled in Barbados and St. Lucia for June and October /
Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Investment Conference: Robert Crandall,
Former CEO of American Airlines, Provides Frank and Honest Assessment
of the Issues Facing Caribbean Tourism; CSHAE Elects 2010-2011
Leadership / May 2010
Hotel and Tourism Association Education Foundation Providing
Scholarships for Students Seeking Career in Hospitality / December
Caribbean Hotels and Tourism Association Names David Callaghan the
Allied Member of the Year; Recognized for Ongoing Support of the
Caribbean Hospitality Industry / January 2009
|Caribbean Society of Hotel Association Executives Agree on Six Point Plan for National Associations; Susan Springer, Executive Director of the Barbados Hotel & Tourism Association Re-elected President / May 2008|
|Caribbean Hotel Association Recognizes Individuals that Raise the Bar for Caribbean Hospitality; Eustace Guishard, GM of Cap Juluca Resort in Anguilla Named “Caribbean Hotelier of the Year” / July 2005|