British Columbia move to eliminate provincial jet fuel tax a valuable
effort to stimulate international aviation and tourism
OTTAWA, Feb. 23, 2012 /CNW/ - Canada's airports today welcomed the
Province of British Columbia's announcement that it will eliminate its
tax on jet fuel for international flights effective April 1st. The move is expected to stimulate international air capacity and
improve travel options for international travellers.
"In a time of economic austerity, provincial and federal governments are
grappling with the dual challenges of growing the economy while
maintaining fiscal restraint," said CAC Vice Chair Tom Ruth. "BC's
move recognises the importance of Canada's tourism sector to the
Canadian economy, the role of aviation for Canada's inbound tourism,
and the stimulatory effect of reducing the fiscal burden on our
The Canadian Airports Council is a partner with other industry
stakeholders in the National Roundtable on Travel and Tourism.
Together with the nation's largest international air carriers and the
tourism and hotel sectors, the NRTT is dedicated to improving the
fiscal environment for Canada's aviation environment and improving
Canada's international standing as a world tourism destination.
"BC's initiative follows the welcome move by the federal Minister of
Small Business and Tourism to finalize and unveil a Federal Tourism
Strategy - a multi-departmental and intergovernmental commitment to
tackle the obstacles to Canada's world competitiveness as a tourism
destination," said CAC President Daniel-Robert Gooch. "Cost is an
important element in that equation."
Canada's ranking as a destination for international tourists has fallen
from 8th place in 2000 to 15th place in 2009. Over these years, the tax burden on aviation in Canada
has gradually increased and the World Economic Forum now ranks Canada's
travel sector 106th in terms of price competitiveness. In addition to federal airport
rent, the federal burden includes the Air Travellers Security Charge,
and the Goods and Services Tax/ Harmonized Services Tax. There is a
provincial fuel tax still in place in Ontario and many airports also
pay municipal payments in lieu of tax.
About the Canadian Airports Council
The Canadian Airports Council (CAC), a division of Airports Council
International-North America, is the voice for Canada's airports
community and the Canadian unit of Airports Council International-North
America. Its 45 members represent more than 200 airports, including
all of the National Airports System (NAS) airports and most significant
municipal airports in every province and territory. Together, CAC
members handle virtually all of the nation's air cargo and
international passenger traffic and 95% of domestic passenger traffic.
They create in excess of $45 billion in economic activity in the
communities they serve. And more than 200,000 jobs are directly
associated with CAC member airports, generating a payroll of more than
$8 billion annually.
SOURCE CANADIAN AIRPORTS COUNCIL
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