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UKinbound asks government to prioritise tourism in Brexit talks

UKinbound has asked the new government to review its approach in Brexit negotiations after the electoral results “verified the electorate’s hard Brexit fears”.

The travel association is calling on the Conservatives and DUP to implement a strong sector deal and visa reforms.

UKinbound conducted a survey in May where 75% of respondents said implementing a strong sector deal and improving the visa process for key markets were their top priorities.

UKinbound suggested that the government addressed the following points:

An immigration system flexible to business needs – residency rights for EU workers
Continued access to the Open Skies Agreement
Visa-free travel between the UK and the EU
A strong narrative promoting the UK as a welcoming destination

Deirdre Wells OBE, chief executive officer, said: “The general election result clearly shows that the electorate is against a hard Brexit, and so is the UK inbound tourism industry.

“Our members are calling for a continued strong relationship with the EU and the implementation of a sector deal that addresses issues such as the customs union, Open Skies Agreement and residency rights for EU workers.”

She added: “For inbound tourism to prosper long-term we need the Conservatives and DUP to champion our industry.”

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