UKinbound launches tourism manifesto

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UKinbound, the trade association which represents 375 of the country’s tourism businesses, has issued its manifesto ahead of the general election. Deirdre Wells

The organisation has outlined its key asks for the tourism industry, which will help to secure the ambition of a new Global Britain as follows:

· Increase funding for the GREAT campaign
· Support Language teaching to grow the skills we need
· Remove the fiscal and regulatory Obstacles to growth
· Build a world-class transport infrastructure
· Reform our visa system to maintain Access for EU visitors and attract priority markets
· Provide Long-term funding for our national tourist boards

UKinbound’s chief executive officer, Deirdre Wells OBE said: “I’m pleased to announce UKinbound’s tourism manifesto, which if implemented would enhance the success and competitiveness of the industry in the long term, leading the way to a new Global Britain. The UK’s tourism industry is already our 5th biggest export earner and with the right support we have the capability to attract even more business from across the globe to the four corners of the UK.”

The industry employs over three million people across the country and in 2016 was responsible for contributing over £22 billion to the UK economy.

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