London, UK (6 September 2010) – National British newspapers the Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail and the UK’s nationwide news service The Press Association have already reported news of the Caribbean tourism ministers delegation in London this week, as have travel specialist press such as Travel Weekly, Travelmole and Travel Trade Gazette.
At the end of the first day of intense meetings with members of the British Air Transport Association, Virgin Atlantic Airways and the Commonwealth Secretariat Hon. John Maginley MP, Minister of Tourism Civil Aviation and Culture for Antigua and Barbuda and Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation said: “We’ve been impressed by the clear determination of the travel industry to work together on this issue and by the support from British media for our cause.”
Representatives from six Caribbean islands are in London this week with the Caribbean Tourism Organisation to lobby the British government plans to have a higher Air Passenger Duty banding for travellers to the Caribbean than travellers to America. The senior level delegation in London this week includes His Excellency Tony Johnson, High Commissioner Jamaica, Hon. Edmund Bartlett MP, Minister of Tourism, Jamaica, John Lynch, Director of Tourism, Jamaica, Senator the Hon. Allen Chastanet, Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation,St Lucia, His Excellency Hugh Anthony Arthur, Barbados High Commission, Senator the Hon. Richard Skerritt, Minister of Tourism and International Transport, St Kitts and Nevis and Hon. Glynis Roberts MP, Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation Grenada, Hugh Reiley, Secretary General of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation.