Published on : Tuesday, December 19, 2017
In 12 months to August, a record of around 40 million people visited the UK which is worth of £130 billion a year, in spite of terrors that inbound tourists might be put off by Brexit.
The heads of over 40 companies, like Steve Ridgway, the tourism sector leader, Heathrow, Manchester Airports Group and Cox & Kings are requesting the government to turn tourism into a significant part of its industrial strategy.
“We have shown that tourism could be worth £268 billion by 2025. We want to continue to compete globally as a world-class destination for visitors, boosting economic growth across the whole of Britain,” they said in a letter to The Times published today (Monday).
The letter, also signed by the heads of Belfast City and Birmingham airports, urged to introduce special tourism zones in areas where local leaders would have the chance to improve the links of transports and extend tourism seasons.
VisitBritan and VisitEngland chief Ridgway, the erstwhile chief executive of Virgin Atlantic who is heading the proposition to acquire recognition like other sectors. Also, cautioned at the same time that it would founder without government aid to develop infrastructure.
“We want tourism to be a key part of the industrial strategy and call on the government to back our plan,” the letter said.
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