BREXIT AND TOURISM
The United Kingdom left the European Union on 31 January 2020 and is now in a transition period until 31 December 2020.
UKinbound in partnership with other industry associations will continue to work hard with the UK Government and through the Tourism Industry Council to try and secure the best possible outcomes for the inbound travel and tourism industry (Deal or No Deal) which relies heavily on the EU not only for its workforce but also for its visitors to the UK. Our key priorities for the industry have been (and will continue to be):
- Strong promotion of the UK as a welcoming destination;
- Visa free access for EU visitors;
- Continued access to the Single Market, Customs Union, Open Skies Agreement; and
- Continued access to and protection for EU workers.
On 28 January 2020, the Association commented on a report published by the Migration Advisory Committee which you can read here and on 10 October 2019, the Association launched new research on the impact of Brexit on the UK tourism workforce.
On 19 June 2018 we launched a Brexit campaign that saw a major programme of Government and parliamentary engagement over the summer. The key aims of of the campaign were:
- to raise awareness of the importance of the inbound tourism industry to the UK economy
- to demonstrate the urgent need to prioritise the inbound tourism industry in the Brexit negotiations
- to press for clarification from Government about the arrangements for access to the UK for both EU tourists and EU tourism workers post-Brexit.
We hosted three activities on 19 June including a mass lobby of Parliament and a Parliamentary Reception. Click here to find out more.
For information about how to get your business ready for Brexit, please click here. The Home Office has published some resources to help employers understand/prepare for the new points based immigration system and the latest guidance for inbound travellers to the UK can be found here. UKinbound has also published a briefing paper on the likely impact of a No Deal Brexit here and sent out a series of regular updates for members which can be accessed in our Resources section here.
The ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) has produced a short video about maintaining the flow of data post Brexit which you can access here.
Members seeking further information are welcome to contact UKinbound’s Head of Public Affairs [email protected]