Hat trick of Cruise Awards
BACK 2015 Liverpool scooped the:-
'Destination of the Year' prize at the prestigious Seatrade Cruise
Awards, but now it has been named the 'Best
UK Port of Call' Prize for the 3rd time, in 4 years, by the world's
largest cruise review site.
'Cruise Critic' – sister site of 'Trip Advisor' – has awarded the
2016 honour to the City, following on from previous prizes in 2013 and 2014.
The judges commented that Liverpool "is poised to flourish, quietly but
steadfastly winning back its reputation after a ½ century of struggle and
economic decline" and "the recipe for success has been a heavy
investment in development, both leading up to and following on from the plaudits
of the mid 2000's, and the City is now reaping the rewards of that investment in
increased tourism and retail."
They also cite plans for a new, larger cruise terminal building able to handle
turnaround cruises with up to 3,600 passengers at the former Princes Jetty as
"a strong commitment by the City to continue its long, rich maritime
There is also praise for the world famous scouse welcome, with judges noting:-
"Cruise passengers arriving in the City will find a warm welcome from
Liverpudlians who are enjoying renewed confidence that their City has overcome
the difficulties of its recent past."
The awards highlight excellence in cruise travel, and are selected by an
international panel of cruise journalists, recognising the very best cruise
lines, ships and ports.
Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said:- "This is more proof of the
incredible revival that we have seen in Liverpool's cruise industry over the
last few years. The team at the terminal, along with representatives from our
tourist industry, go above and beyond to welcome people to the City and make it
a memorable trip for them. Despite our ever growing number of awards, we are
absolutely not complacent and I know that we can attract more liners if we have
the right infrastructure. That is why it was a pledge for my next four years as
mayor to move forward with plans for a permanent facility to handle bigger
vessels and more passengers."
Passenger numbers are up from 38,656, 4 years ago, to almost 78,000, in 2016,
plus 34,000 crew, generating an estimated £6.5 million, for the local economy
through spending while on shore.
Liverpool's Cruise Manager, Angie Redhead, said:- "We are absolutely
delighted to have been awarded UK Port of Call of the Year" for the third time
in 4 years. Cruise Critic is 1 of the 1st places travellers look when
contemplating a cruise as its reviews are so well trusted. To have the stamp of
approval is so very important in such a competitive industry and is an essential
promotional tool we can use to attract more cruise lines and passengers. As we
know, Liverpool people are extremely proud of our maritime heritage and our
famously friendly welcome and this award acknowledges, both of these elements
showing the true essence of Liverpool. Liverpool is going from strength to
strength as a passenger destination and I am sure this award will result in more
cruise visitors in the future."
Cruise Critic UK editor Adam Coulter said:- "It's been a mammoth year for
ocean, river and luxury cruise ship launches, many of which are the largest
addition to each line's fleet.
These awards consider the needs of UK travellers; whatever their budget, and
personal preferences; to help them plan the perfect holiday on the water.
The ever increasing itinerary and ship options offered are impressive, and by
sharing our combined 1st hand insight and expertise, we can celebrate some of
the top choices available."
The full list of Cruise Critic Editor Picks Awards for 2016 and information
regarding each award is available
Tax experts call for new
penalties to target deliberate promotion of avoidance rather than commercial
Tax experts are warning that Government proposals to penalise
Tax avoidance schemes are too widely
drawn and could result in some taxpayers and businesses being unable to get
expert advice on complicated and often unclear areas.
The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) is concerned that this could impact
on, among other matters, investment into the UK. The CIOT said the penalties
should be better targeted at those who deliberately seek to profit from Tax avoidance.
HMRC is proposing a significant new penalty for those who 'enable'
and profit from doing so, and also a change to the existing penalty legislation
which applies to those who use avoidance which is exposed and defeated by the
The CIOT fears the proposals and definition of enablers is so
widely drawn that it will catch many ordinary business services, for example
company formation agents, just because some avoidance schemes rely on setting up
It could also penalise advisers who give perfectly reasonable and legitimate
advice to clients, including on inward investment into the UK. Many reputable
advisers may be deterred from advising on complex matters on the grounds they
may be seen as 'enabling avoidance' and this would severely tarnish their
reputation, irrespective of penalties.
Assuming the proposal is properly targeted, the penalties need to be large
enough to deter the behaviour the Government is seeking to stop, but should not
topple over into retribution; in a democratic society, sanctions need to be
proportionate and measured, otherwise the legal system itself can be brought
The CIOT has welcomed HMRC's broad consultation on the changes and has set out
its views in its response to the Government's 'Strengthening Tax Avoidance
Sanctions and Deterrents' discussion paper.
John Cullinane, CIOT's Tax Policy Director, said:- "The Government needs
to be careful that in its effort to wipe out avoidance schemes it does not
prevent taxpayers from getting access to honest, impartial advice on the law. If
the Government wants to incentivise good behaviour and penalise bad, as we think
it should, the proposals should target the deliberate behaviour of the small
persistent minority who devise and market avoidance schemes. It should not
interfere with the right of taxpayers to obtain full and rounded advice on
complex and often unclear areas of law. It could be calamitous for businesses
and other taxpayers if Tax advisers (or their insurers) feel too anxious about
the new sanctions to help them sensibly plan their Tax affairs within the law
and avoid these taxpayers laying themselves open to large, unintended Tax bills.
It is vital to our economy that the proposals are properly focussed, otherwise
they risk making the UK, a much less attractive place for commercial
transactions. If the proposals catch the services needed by inward investors; as
well as existing taxpayers; ranging from company incorporation to advice on
highly complex legislation, this would be a real deterrent to investing in the
UK. Given that the UK is the European base for many investments, this would be
very damaging to the UK economy. We recognise that there are limited financial
penalties at present for those who devise and actively market Tax avoidance
schemes but the tax-geared penalty being proposed is draconian. It should be
related to the fees or commission received by the enabler. Anything else would
The Institute has recommended in its response that the term 'enabler'
should be defined in terms of those who devise and play an active role in the
promotion of Tax avoidance schemes by requiring a stronger and more positive
link between the financial benefits sought and the Tax avoidance.
The Tax experts suggest that there should be a defence for professional advisers who are
members of a regulated body or a body with professional rules that address the
issue of Tax avoidance.
The Institute has also recommended to the Government that any final proposal
should apply to enabling that takes place only after the date that it comes into
John Cullinane said:- "We look forward to continuing to work with HMRC to
produce a workable outcome."
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