Brady meets with tourism industry representatives

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Friday, April 6th, 2018

Local MP Mickey Brady has said the elimination of Air Passenger Duty for airports in Northern Ireland has the potential to provide significant opportunities to the local economy.

The Newry and Armagh MP was speaking following a meeting with Hospitality Ulster and representatives of Derry, Belfast City and Belfast International airports in Westminster this week.



Speaking to Newry Times, Brady said, “Meeting with leading representatives of the airport and tourism industry has provided a valuable insight into the opportunities which may be created through the elimination of Air Passenger Duty.

“There is significant unrealised all-Ireland tourism potential, and the harmonisation of Air Passenger Duty with the south of Ireland, where it doesn’t apply, could go some way in addressing this.



“The British government, after almost a decade of relentless austerity, have a responsibility to invest in the local economy.

He added, “In the event of removing Air Passenger Duty, the British government should absorb the cost.”



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