Government welcomes UKinbound's submission on Brexit negotations
Published: 21 Apr 2017
UKinbound has received a positive response from Government to our letter last month that outlined key priorities for the UK travel and tourism industry ahead of the triggering of Article 50.
Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport recognised the 'astonishing contribution that inbound tourism makes to the UK economy' and stated that 'tourism perspectives on border issues, immigration, and movement of people are essential when developing approaches and policies that work for us all.'
Chief Executive Deirdre Wells said, "I'm pleased to have received such a positive letter from DCMS and acknowledgement that our interests and views will be represented by Government during the Brexit negotiations. During this time of transition it's critically important that we work closely with the Government to ensure policies are put in place that will enable the UK's inbound tourism industry to continue to prosper."
The key priorities outlined in our letter were:
- An immigration system flexible to business needs
- Continued access to the Open Skies Agreement
- A strong narrative promoting the UK as a welcoming destination
- Visa-free travel between the UK and the EU.