UKinbound has written to Jeremy Wright QC to congratulate him on his appointment as Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and to highlight the extensive contribution tourism makes to the UK economy and the need to prioritise it during the continued Brexit negotiations.
Chief Executive Deirdre Wells commented, “The appointment of Jeremy has come at a decisive time for our industry as we welcome the proposed new relationship with the EU, set out in the Brexit White Paper. We look forward to forging a strong working relationship with Jeremy to ensure the continued development and growth of the inbound tourism sector; in particular the provision of a Sector Deal for tourism, under the Government’s Industrial Strategy”
In the letter to the new Secretary of State, UKinbound highlighted that the inbound tourism industry is currently the UK’s 5th biggest export earner, on par with the pharmaceutical and automotive industries, and that in 2017 an estimated 39 million people visited the UK, contributing over £26 billion to the UK economy.
Over the coming months UKinbound will also continue to work closely with the DCMS team to address the need to secure rights for EU workers in the UK post-Brexit.