Friday, 19 August 2016

UK tourism boom following Brexit vote

THE TOURISM ALLIANCE has released the results of a survey which show an increase in in-bound and domestic tourism bookings after Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. 

The survey of more than 500 tourism businesses throughout the UK found that 18% of in-bound tourism businesses and 21% of domestic tourism businesses have experienced an increase in forward bookings since the referendum on June 23.

The results also revealed that almost 20% of domestic tourism businesses are looking to increase their current investment levels in the expectation of increasing domestic tourism numbers.

Bernard Donoghue, the Tourism Alliance chairman and director of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions, welcomed the findings. ‘These result show the strength and responsiveness of the UK tourism industry and our ability to provide employment and growth for local economies throughout the UK,’ he said.

But he cautioned that ‘while the industry was expecting a short-term boom in both domestic and in-bound tourism over the next two years, the long-term prospects of the tourism industry are dependent on the UK securing a deal with the EU that will protect the ability of UK and EU residents to easily travel.’

He added: ‘We will also want to ensure that our industry, which is heavily dependent on workers from the EU, has the opportunity to recruit and attract the workers we need’.

To help achieve this, the Tourism Alliance will be presenting a draft Tourism Exit Strategy to culture secretary Karen Bradley. The document will identify the main tourism-related issues that will affect the UK tourism industry. It will also present the industry’s view on what actions the government should take in order to maximize the future potential and growth of the sector.

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