UK holidaymakers are expected to pay £2.4billion in tax this year. Eight years ago – before the Treasury imposed the hikes – the figure was just £900million.
MPs last night called on ministers to slash the punitive taxes ‘prohibiting families from seeing the world’.
But holidaymakers are also being clobbered because:
- More than 30 travel operators levy fees of 2 to 3 per cent on credit cards;
- Car hire companies impose stealth charges for insurance, satnav and other ‘extras’ that can double bills;
- Foreign retailers encourage payment in sterling, which attracts much higher transaction fees.
The investigation into tax rises was carried out by the TaxPayers’ Alliance.