Travel has a lot of positive impacts. The tourism industry is especially important for people in developing countries because it contributes to stability and prosperity. For example, a TUI fly plane
with two scheduled flights a day from Germany to Egypt transports 130,000 holidaymakers to the country every year. These flights keep 9,000 Egyptian
citizens in work allowing them to build a sustainable livelihood in the sense
that we’re helping them to help themselves. Unfortunately, German policy is having a major negative impact on this positive development. Firstly, those two TUI daily flights cost more than 3 million euros in German aviation tax every year. Secondly, they’re associated with
aviation security costs of around 1million euros – a burden that falls to the state in other countries. Thirdly, holiday tax is payable on rented hotel rooms – another tax that only exists in Germany. These millions in taxes are slowing growth and employment and the global fight against poverty. A policy change is necessary if we want to genuinely help developing countries. Visit www.tui-policylounge.com for further information.