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UKinbound response to draft Government policy on post-Brexit immigration from the EU

Published: 06 Sep 2017

A recently leaked document from the Home Office revealed the Government's draft policy for immigration from the EU post-Brexit. 

Responding to the proposed plans, Chief Executive Deirdre Wells commented: 

"In 2016, the UK tourism industry contributed over £22 billion to the UK economy and can attribute its success in part to the large number of EU nationals it currently employs.

Over two-thirds of visitors to the UK come from the EU, so employing EU nationals is vital for the industry to plug the gaps in our workforce with their vital language skills and cultural understanding which are used to welcome and serve our EU visitors who come to the UK for holidays, leisure, and business.

With over 30% of the tourism and hospitality workforce in the UK (and over 70% in London) coming from the EU, employing these workers is vital for our tourism industry if it is to keep going from strength to strength. Any future system which reduces the welcome that our visitors receive at the border or reduces our members' ability to recruit a flexible and customer-focussed workforce would severely damage our industry's capacity to grow."

Angela Shanley Associates corporate partner
Macdonald Hotels and Resorts
City Cruises Gold Partner
London & Partners
Millennium and Copthorne Hotels
World Travel Market Portfolio
Jurys Inn
The Original London Sightseeing Tour
Jupiter Hotels
Great Western Railway

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