BREXIT AND TOURISM
Brexit has been a dominating issue for the tourism industry since 2016. Guidance for inbound travellers to the UK can be found here and for information about how to prepare your business, please click here. UKinbound has also published a briefing paper on the impact of a no deal Brexit here.
UKinbound was one of the first travel associations to declare that remaining in the EU would be hugely beneficial for our industry so the result of the 2016 Referendum was a disappointing one.
However, since then, UKinbound and other industry associations have been working very hard with the UK Government and through the Tourism Industry Council to try and secure the best possible deal for the inbound travel and tourism industry which relies heavily on the EU not only for its workforce but also for its visitors to the UK.
UKinbound’s key priorities for the Brexit negotiations 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 and Customs Union;
- continued access to the Open Skies Agreement;
- and protection for EU workers.
On 19 June 2018 we launched our new 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.