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Hello Binman 62
“There is absolutely no evidence to support such a contention.”
What you say is not strictly true.
Our higher rates of APD have begun changing the way in which tour groups visit the UK and mainland Europe.
These thrifty travellers now make the UK their first port of call to avoid APD and so reduce the price of their holiday. They then depart from an airport in mainland Europe such as Amsterdam (which has no such tax).
They take the ferry between the UK and Holland to avoid even our cheaper short-haul rates of APD. Stena Line reckons 20,000 Indian tourists will take this route in 2011.