Industry can’t face another ‘false dawn’ – UKinbound

Travel trade association, UKinbound, welcomes the confirmation of the 17 May date for the return of leisure travel, but warns the industry cannot afford any further set-backs to opening up.

UKinbound CEO, Joss Croft, said: “Confirmation that non-essential international travel will reopen on 17 May is a positive step forward and will be celebrated across the sector, but our industry cannot afford another false dawn and a stop-start recovery.

“The sparsity of countries on the green list and notable absence of the US and much of Europe, along with the cost of testing and the continuation of quarantine measures, present further devastating barriers to business for the inbound tourism industry, which sustains over 500,000 jobs and would normally generate £28.4 billion annually for the UK economy.

“This is not job done, the important task of removing restrictions at our borders is not complete” – UKinbound CEO, Joss Croft

“This is not job done, the important task of remoeving restrictions at our borders is not complete and it will therefore be many more months until recovery can really begin. We fully endorse a risk-based approach to reopening, but now more than ever we need Government to provide targeted recovery support for inbound tourism businesses to ensure the industry can play its crucial role in the UK’s economic revival.”

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