UKinbound chief hails positive government response to Brexit priorities

UKinbound chief hails positive government response to Brexit priorities

The head of UKinbound has welcomed a positive response from government to a letter outlining key priorities for the UK travel and tourism industry ahead of the Brexit negotiations.

Culture secretary Karen Bradley responded by saying she recognised the “astonishing contribution that inbound tourism makes to the UK economy”.

She added that “tourism perspectives on border issues, immigration, and movement of people are essential when developing approaches and policies that work for us all”.

UKinbound chief executive, Deirdre Wells, said: “I’m pleased to have received such a positive letter from the Department of Culture, Media & Sport and acknowledgement that our interests and views will be represented by the government during the Brexit negotiations.

“During this time of transition it’s critically important that we work closely with the government to ensure policies are put in place that will enable the UK’s inbound tourism industry to continue to prosper.”

The key priorities outlined in UKinbound’s letter were:

1. An immigration system flexible to business needs
2. Continued access to the European open skies agreement
3. A strong narrative promoting the UK as a welcoming destination
4. Visa-free travel between the UK and the EU

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