Passenger tax is stopping Aussies from travelling to the UK

The UK has always been a popular destination among Australians, many of whom are intrigued by the nation's rich and lengthy history.

Britain has traditionally been the first choice for young Aussies looking to take a gap year, but it seems this may be about to change.

The long and arduous journey from Australia to the UK has never been cheap, but fares have become even more expensive because the government has hiked air passenger duty (APD) rates.

Representatives from a number of tourism organisations in the country have written to culture secretary Jeremy Hunt warning him that the extra tax is deterring people from travelling to Britain.

Flight reservations from Australia are down by 25 per cent compared to the same period in 2011 and this is a particular concern as the 2012 Olympics approach.

People who are planning to head to Britain this year should look online to find the best exchange rates. One dollar will currently get you in the region of 64p.

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