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Published on Wednesday, March 3, 2021

WTTC: UK government should prioritise restart of international business travel

The World Travel & Tourism Council is urging the UK government to facilitate a quick return to international business travel.

As the travel industry waits for further travel stimulus initiatives in today's Budget, the WTTC is calling for officials to prioritise a return of international travel.

"As the Chancellor prepares to announce his critical budget, WTTC calls on the UK government to prioritise the urgent resumption of international business travel - in line with the reopening of mobility and the easing of restrictions to domestic travel from the beginning of April," said Gloria Guevara, WTTC President & CEO.

"We need to capitalise on the huge success of the vaccine rollout and unblock the myriad of confusing rules and regulations which has stalled essential business travel. Now is the time to show that the UK government really means business."

"The resumption of safe international business travel will generate a much-needed revenue boost for businesses up and down the country and provide a critical economic lifeline to the government and enable the Chancellor to begin balancing the books," Guevara added.

The WTTC says the UK is the fourth largest G20 economy in terms of international spend from business travel, contributing about £7.5 billion in 2019, and it is vital to kick-start the country's recovery.

"Resuming international travel also means the country's economy can reopen more quickly, giving the UK a distinct competitive advantage as the world slowly emerges from the ravages of the pandemic."


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