Saturday, 20 February 2016

UKinbound throws support behind bid to stay in the EU

LEADING trade organization UKinbound has revealed that 82% of its members believe that staying in the European Union is important to their business.

The announcement made at UKinbound’s annual convention follows the prime minister’s recent request to the business community to share its views on EU membership.

Mark McVay, chairman at UKinbound, said: ‘Our member survey findings highlight overwhelming support for Britain to remain in the EU. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, as the EU is an extremely important source market for tourism. It is important to our country’s economy that we make it as easy as possible for people to travel here, not isolate ourselves from the market which collectively brought two-thirds of our visitors in 2015.’

Hailed as one of the leading contributors to the economy, overseas visitor spending in the UK contributed £22 billion last year with each inbound visitor subsidizing an additional £630 in export earnings and giving £216 to the Treasury – statistics which

UKinbound’s CEO, Deirdre Wells added: ‘We are fortunate to have a major market – the EU – right here on our doorstep. Our members have been welcoming visitors from our European neighbours for decades. They bring much needed revenue to the UK, creating valuable jobs for the UK economy. We need to continue to do all we can to attract more visitors to the UK – and saying “yes” to staying in the EU sends a clear message that we are open for business.’

Go Holiday editor David Kernek comments: Well, they would say that, wouldn’t they … but there is no evidence to justify fears that a Britain outside the European Union would be less attractive to, or accessible for, tourists from EU states. The tourist industry in Switzerland –a small country with far fewer attractions than the UK for visitors – thrives, despite the very sensible decision of the Swiss to maintain their independence and control of their own borders.

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