By Humphrey Carter

AFTER months of warnings from the travel industry and airlines, the British government's decision to increase Air Passenger Duty at the beginning of this month is going to force more than half of UK holiday makers to slash their number of overseas holidays, according to a survey by leading travel industry exhibition World Travel Market.

It appears that a massive 52 percent of the 1'030 people polled, all of whom holidayed abroad this summer, said they would reduce their overseas holidays due to the APD increase.

A staggering 13% said they would stop overseas holidaying all together due to the APD increase, which will see the tax increase by a minimum 10 percent this year before a further increase next November.

Younger holidaymakers are most likely to reduce their holiday plans, with an incredible 60 percent and 53 percent of 16-24 and 25-40 year old people respectively stating the APD increase will have a negative impact on their flying habits.


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