“Welcome help to tourism industry, but international travel has been overlooked”

Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivering speech in House of Commons

Today’s announcement by the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, of further job support measures and help to businesses affected by the pandemic has been welcomed by many in the travel industry. However, Joss Croft, CEO of trade organisation UKinbound, is dismayed to see that the sector his organisation represents – those agents, services and attractions particularly dependent on foreign tourism to Britain – has been forgotten.

Joss Croft said

“Undoubtedly, today’s announcement will help many tourism businesses and safeguard jobs, which of course is incredibly welcomed. However, the desperate needs of British inbound tourism businesses, who bring international visitors to the UK and support tens of thousands of viable jobs, have once again been overlooked.

“These businesses have received no visitors since March, can’t pivot to capture domestic business, continue to be excluded from rate relief and grants and, with so few international visitors, won’t benefit from the extension of the VAT reduction. These businesses are sustainable and will be profitable again, once international tourists can return and are no longer impeded by measures such as quarantine. Whilst we welcome these measures, especially the Jobs Support Scheme, the Government’s one size fits all approach doesn’t work and is having a detrimental effect on these previously profitable companies, which generated £28 billion to the UK economy in 2019.”