UKinbound, a leading Trade Association which represents over 370 member organisations from the UK inbound tourism industry, has welcomed the new Prime Minister, Theresa May, in a letter which included four key “asks” for her and her Government to consider moving towards the EU negotiations.
A strong narrative promoting the UK as a welcoming destination. At a time of great uncertainty for the UK economy, UKinbound has emphasised the importance of demonstrating that Britain remains an outward-facing nation that is open for business and which will continue to welcome visitors from around the world.
Continued access to the Single Market to ensure the free movement of goods, finance, and people around the EU, without any tariffs.
Continued access to the Open Skies Agreement. The agreement has been a key driver of inbound tourism to the UK, expanding transatlantic and intra-EU flights and allowing carriers to offer lower fares and provide more convenient and efficient service to consumers.
Assurance regarding residency for its members’ employees. UKinbound’s latest Business Barometer survey revealed that over 30% of its members’ workforce are EU migrants.
UKinbound’s Chief Executive, Deirdre Wells OBE said: “Although the negotiating blueprint is far from clear for the pending Brexit, we hope that these four key ‘asks’ to the Government will support and ensure the maximum growth for our industry. These are issues our members feel are important in maintaining a relationship with the EU. We are a resilient industry and I am confident that our vibrant industry can overcome these challenges we face.”