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Published on Friday, September 10, 2021

UKinbound rallies members to keep fighting for government support


UKinbound is calling on its 300 strong member base to keep the pressure up in fighting for sector specific support for the tourism industry.

It issued a rallying call requesting they contact their MP and ask them to hold Treasury and Department of Transport to account.

It also wants officials to be fully aware of the crippling effect the day two PCR test is having on the industry.

Members were issued with an adaptable template letter to send to their MP, which explained that businesses in the inbound tourism industry face an unprecedented cliff edge when furlough ends on 1 October.

To drive home the consequences of not providing sector specific support for businesses, it highlights the fact that the government will miss its own 2021 Tourism Recovery Plan target for inbound tourism.

Additionally, the government will fail to deliver a successful schedule of global events in 2022 such as the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, Festival UK 2022 and the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

These events will bring tangible economic and cultural benefits to the country which will play a vital role in the UK's economic recovery

The UK's fifth largest export industry will be unable to generate meaningful demand - 49% of all inbound tour operators will cease by Christmas if support measures are not extended, UKinbound says.

The letter template also highlighted that the day two test, that fully vaccinated EU and US arrivals are required to take, is the single biggest barrier stopping the industry from beginning a meaningful recovery.

 Members were also asked to challenge their MPs and the response they've received from Treasury regarding the notion that valuable grants have been made available to the industry.

UKInbound says many have been excluded from claiming Leisure and Hospitality Restart Grants and systematically refused ARG grants.

Joss Croft, CEO, UKinbound said "The inbound tourism sector can't afford to accept the responses given to date from government regarding their lack of support for the industry."

"It's clear that many departments, specifically the Treasury, don't truly understand the gravity of removing furlough and the short and long term consequences of not providing sector specific support."

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