UKinbound has called for a review of the new Government’s approach to the upcoming Brexit negotiations after the General Election results verified the electorate’s hard Brexit fears, which are shared by the association.
UKinbound has surveyed its members regarding the new Government’s tourism priorities and is calling on the Conservatives and DUP to implement a strong sector deal and visa reforms, as part of Brexit negotiations.
Of those who responded to the survey, conducted in May, 75% of respondents stated the implementation of a strong sector deal, as part of the Industrial Strategy, and the improvement of the visa process for key markets, are their top priorities.
With negotiations due to begin next week, UKinbound wants to remind the Government that the UK’s tourism industry employs over three million people across the country, and in 2016 was responsible for contributing over £22 billion annually to the UK economy.
UKinbound wants the Government to address the following points during Brexit negotiations:
- An immigration system flexible to business needs – residency rights for EU workers
- Continued access to the Open Skies Agreement
- Visa-free travel between the UK and the EU
- A strong narrative promoting the UK as a welcoming destination
UKinbound’s chief executive officer, Deirdre Wells OBE said: “The General Election result clearly shows that the electorate is against a hard Brexit, and so is the UK inbound tourism industry. Our members are calling for a continued strong relationship with the EU and the implementation of a sector deal that addresses issues such as the Customs Union, Open Skies Agreement and residency rights for EU workers. For inbound tourism to prosper long-term we need the Conservatives and DUP to champion our industry.”