2019 Spring Statement – Key Points for Tourism

The Government has published its Spring Statement and you can read it in full here. Key points for the tourism industry in the Statement are as follows:


  • The Comprehensive Spending Review will start before the summer recess with the outcome in Departmental budgets announced alongside the Autumn Budget
  • The Borderlands region (Southern Scotland and the North of England) will receive £260m

Employment and Skills

  • The Government has appointed Professor Arindajit Dube to undertake a review of the latest international evidence on minimum wages, to inform future National Living Wage policy after 2020
  • From this Autumn, PhD-level occupations will be exempt from the cap on high-skilled visas


  • The Government will launch a call for evidence on Offsetting Transport Emissions to explore consumer understanding of the emissions from their journeys and their options to offset them.
  • From June 2019, citizens of the US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Singapore and South Korea will be permitted to use e-gates at UK airports and at Eurostar terminals.
  • Landing cards from all other countries will also begin to be abolished from June 2019

Business Support

  • The Government is launching a call for evidence on a Business Energy Efficiency Scheme to explore how it can support investment in energy efficiency measures in order to help small businesses
  • The Government will launch a global review into the Economics of Biodiversity to explore ways to enhance the natural environment and deliver prosperity
  • The Government has published a consultation on Infrastructure Finance, seeking views on how it can best support private infrastructure investment in the context of the UK’s changing relationship with the European Investment Bank


  • The Government announced a review of global tech companies to ensure they pay a fair share of tax in the UK.


  • The Government has asked the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to undertake a study of the digital advertising market