Martin J. Craigs, the Chief Executive Officer of PATA, the Pacifid Asia Travel Association invited a group of selected Tourism Ministers and Experts in the field of tourism for a meeting followed by dinner at the House Of Commons in London.
Minister Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism & Culture was one of the Ministers invited to be part of that meeting to discuss the issue of Carbon Tax which is today seen as being a tax affecting tourism destinations.
Mr Taleb Rifai, the Secretary General of the UNWTO, Mrs Fiona Jeffery OBE, the Chairman of the World Market were among the many invited personalities at the gathering of tourism experts.
Mr Martin Craigs and PATA were thanked by everyone for the initiative of rallying everyone to join together to mave the point against the Carbon Tax which is causing a disorder in the fare structures for long haul holidays under the banner of protection of the environment. ‘Most of the tourism destinations affected today are already consious of the need to practice sustainable tourism because this remains their unique selling point. The tax is but a means of raising money for the state coffers’ it was said at the meeting.
The repercussions for British Airways was also discussed as travel out of the UK is today being clearly affected. ‘Any reciprocal taxes on British Airways at destinations it is today serving would finish the airline’ others said.
Present also at the meeting was Keshini Navaratnam, the known and highly respected presenter from BBC.