A travel group has urged the government to not raise Air Passenger Duty any higher.

The government should not raise Air Passenger Duty (APD) as it could harm the British tourism industry.ABTA – The Travel Association urged the government to not put the duty up any further than it already has and called for taxes to stand at a “fair and proportional level”.

Sean Tipton, a spokesperson for ABTA – The Travel Association, said: “We fully understand that travel and tourism will be taxed like any other sector.”

However, he went on to warn that the more tax is put up, “the less you encourage [tourists] to come – it’s counterproductive”.

Those taking cheap flights to Australia from the UK could agree with Mr Tipton’s views. Increases to APD will go ahead this November allowing more revenue to be made from the tax between 2015 and 2016.

On short-haul flights, passengers will only pay £1 more but on long-haul flights, which could include cheap flights to Australia, tax could rise by as much as £85, making it even more vital for travellers to seek out the best flight deal available.

Written by Alex Cochrane

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