UKinbound has praised the new roadmap to recovery laid out by the UK government, but says that “it is critical that dialog continues and that Government consults with industry” and asks “the UK Government to work with the devolved nations”.
UKinbound’s CEO Joss Croft said: “We’re really pleased that the Prime Minister has listened to the industry and has included international inbound tourism in the country’s reopening roadmap. It is critical that dialog continues and that Government consults with industry when preparing its review on reopening international travel, due on 12th April.
“As part of its review, we would ask the UK Government to work with the devolved nations, as a fragmented approach will hinder recovery. To save the summer business, Government needs to move quickly as it will take time for consumers to regain confidence to book a holiday to the UK and for the industry to prepare.
“However, it’s very clear that we are still months away from restarting international travel, and many more months before we see a significant recovery, and the industry therefore needs continued support. In order for our sector to survive long enough to support the UK’s economic recovery, we’re asking the Chancellor to retain furlough as long as restrictions are in place, issue sector specific grants and extend Business Rate Relief, when he announces the Budget on the 3rd March.”