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Travel industry slams US tourist tax

Plans to charge travelers entering the US under the Visa Waiver Programme have been criticised by some travel industry representatives.

As part of the Travel Promotion Act, those taking backpacking around North America may have to pay a fee of $10 (£6).

Although the bill has yet to be officially ratified, it is likely that the charge will be introduced some time next year, the Telegraph reports.

"Compared to the cost of a visa to visit other countries it is not expensive," a spokesman for travel operator Complete North America told the newspaper.

However, he added that some travelers may perceive it as a hassle and be put off by the cost.

Meanwhile, American Airlines last week announced plans to launch a new service from Manchester to New York.

The route will operate from May 16th to September 30th 2010 and will complement the airline's existing service from Manchester to Chicago.

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