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GTMC welcomes the announcement of a 50 per cent reduction of APD by the Scottish Government

Paul Wait, CEO, GTMC, commented “The GTMC welcomes this announcement by the Scottish Government on behalf of business travellers across Scotland. This initiative, which shows that Scotland has applied some common business sense, promotes the country as a competitive place to do business and should boost growth in the longer term.

"Indeed, a recent survey of over 1,000 frequent business travellers in the UK suggested that 51 per cent of business travellers would fly more frequently following a reduction in APD, with this figure increasing to 72 per cent for those aged between 18-29 – the business travellers of the future. These business travellers are the people who are regularly doing the business deals which power economic growth.

“The GTMC’s ultimate aim is the abolition of APD across the UK and we applaud the commitment made by the Scottish Government to achieve this goal in Scotland. In the meantime, we have long called for the UK Government to match any reduction proposed by any devolved administration so that no part of the UK is put at a competitive disadvantage.”

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