Comments have been made in reference to the:
House of Lords EU External Affairs and EU Internal Market Sub-Committees Inquiry – “Brexit: Future Trade between the UK and the EU”
House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee Inquiry – “The impact of Brexit on the Creative Industries, Tourism and the Digital Single Market”
Tourism Industry Council Paper on The Tourism-Related Impacts and Opportunities created by the UK Leaving the EU
UKinbound chief executive officer Deirdre Wells OBE said: “We are endeavouring to work closely with Parliamentarians and the Government to convey our members’ key priorities and concerns regarding the implications of Brexit on the UK tourism industry. When developing the new relationship with Europe it’s imperative that a number of priorities are addressed from access to the Single Market, Single Aviation Market and the Open Skies Agreement, to protection for EU migrant workers and free movement of EU visitors to the UK. It’s also important that we send a clear message that the UK is open for business and will remain a welcoming destination for inbound visitors.
In a letter to Prime Minister Theresa May in July this year, UKinbound outlined four key “asks” for her Government to consider during EU negotiations:
A strong narrative promoting the UK as a welcoming destination;
Continued access to the Single Market;
Continued access to the Open Skies Agreement; and
Assurance regarding residency for its members’ employees
Wells continued “The UK’s tourism sector is resilient and over recent years the industry has been a real engine of growth during periods of economic change. We welcome the opportunity to contribute to important inquiries and papers and hope that the Brexit implications raised can be addressed, ensuring the industry continues to flourish and prosper. UKinbound’s full response to each inquiry can be viewed at www.ukinbound.org.uk.