The recently announced reform in Air Passenger Duty (APD) means that from next year, many long-haul flights will carry lower tax rate. To make the most of this recent announcement, we have compiled a list of some destinations which will benefit from this exciting news.
British Virgin Islands: Guana Island
Guana Island is one of the British Virgin Islands untouched islands, offering total seclusion and a beautiful natural escape. With its tropical forests and beautiful scenery it’s a great spot for nature lovers and here you can enjoy hiking, snorkeling and sailing to name but a few activities. Or if you prefer, you can lay back and relax on the white sandy beaches, it’s a little haven away from it all!
China: China Explorer
Travel to China for a blend of history, culture and stunning scenery. This China Explorer itinerary is for the more adventurous traveler and takes in Beijing, the Terracotta Warriors in Xian, modern China meeting ancient China in Shanghai and cosmopolitan Hong Kong.
Colombia: Original Colombia
Colombia is Latin America’s rising star and undiscovered gem and from July there will be direct flights from London with Avianca. Experience the rich heritage and culture of the capital city Bogota before heading off to explore the sleepy colonial town of Villa de Leyva and the lush coffee plantations of the Zona Cafetera, before finishing with a stay in Cartagena, one of South America’s most beautiful and vibrant cities set overlooking the Caribbean coast.
India: Colours of Rajasthan
India has never been more accessible thanks to the new Budget reforms introducing lower air tax charges. Our Colors of Rajasthan itinerary allows you to experience the highlights of this incredible region, including watching the sun rise over the Taj Mahal, taking in the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur on a heritage walk, and exploring the beautiful countryside from the 120-year-old Shahpura Bagh hotel. For the more adventurous, it is possible to take in the stunning scenery from a hot air balloon, or from the back of an elephant on a sunset safari.
Laos, Cambodia & Thailand: Asia by Aman
Discover the enchanting charm of Luang Prabang in Laos, the cultural wonders of Siem Reap in Cambodia and the exotic beaches of Phuket in Thailand on this ten night journey exploring Asia with the stunning and utterly luxurious Aman Resorts.
Madagascar: Princesse Bora Lodge
With the new air tax reductions, why not take the opportunity to visit the fascinating island of Madagascar. Princesse Bora Lodge is located on the tiny island of Ile Ste Marie, just off the coast of Northern Madagascar. With its white sand, palm fringed beaches and turquoise waters; Princesse Bora Lodge is the ultimate escape from reality.
Tropical paradise lovers will be glad to hear that the Maldives is one of the destinations that will benefit from a significant decrease in Air Passenger Duty (APD) for flights. As of April 2015, couples and families will be able to enjoy the white sand and turquoise waters of these beautiful islands for over £100 less per person than before. Hotel choices vary from modern glamour to rustic barefoot luxury, with some of the best diving, snorkeling and surfing in the world available throughout the atolls.
To make the most of the recent announcement of reduction in air passenger duty, take the trip of a lifetime to explore Namibia’s spectacular sand dunes, wild coastlines and dramatic mountains for 7 days. Spend a couple of nights at Pelican Point Lodge, a luxury lodge set within a converted lighthouse control tower and situated on a remote peninsula at Walvis Bay. After a couple of nights here, head up to the Etosha Pans and stay at Onguma the Fort, a unique lodge, with possibly one of the best sunset views in the whole of Namibia.
Seychelles: Raffles Praslin
The islands of the Seychelles are beautiful and home to some of the most stunning beaches. Enjoy a stay at Raffles Resort which is located on the lush, tropical island of Praslin. The accommodation at Raffles is gorgeous and very modern with a sleek design and the resort has excellent facilities to match. Praslin is a great base from which to explore the nearby islands, such as La Digue where you can rent a bicycle to discover the world-class beaches, and Curieuse Island which is steeped with history and you can also see the Giant Tortoises which still roam the island.