UK tourism should expand horizons and diversify tourism

Published on : Friday, November 11, 2016

uk-tourismJulian Knight, the MP of Solihull and former BBC News personal finance and consumer affairs reporter said that he is delighted that there hasn’t been any major economic fallout from the Brexit vote. However, he thinks that they do face some economic disruption and they should look at this as an opportunity for expanding horizons and think afresh. Knight said that Britain has great advantages when it comes to building a new, global country, and the UK ranks consistently as one of the world’s greatest soft-power superpowers. China in 2015 ranked Britain as the best culturally influential nation in the world.

 
The UK has close relations with the United States and, via the Commonwealth, it has historical ties with lot of countries. With just off the coast of Europe, the European Union will continue to be a major trading and diplomatic partner to Britain in the coming years. There is also the inbuilt advantage of being the home of English, the world’s second language, a great cultural sector which exports music and TV programs around the world, not to forget some of the best universities of the world. In order to connect with the wider world, tourism would be a key tool. In 2014, the tourism industry accounted for 7.1 per cent of UK GDP worth £121.1 billion. In 2015, Britain was the world’s eighth largest global tourist destination according to visitor numbers and the sixth largest according to visitor expenditure. It also gave rise to a number of jobs.

 
Britain has great cities suiting everyone’s taste, with outstanding natural beauty and extraordinary history and cultural heritage. A holiday in Britain is convenient for many, since it is well-connected to many markets and the streets are safe and orderly. The British government understands the importance of investing in tourism and in July 2015, David Cameron launched ‘Backing the Tourism Sector: A Five Point Plan’, which outlined the next steps for building up this key sector.

 
This plan had a well-rounded tourism strategy with better coordination within the industry for attracting good employees and providing them the training they need. Focusing on other areas besides London needs to be undertaken for diversifying the country’s tourism sector.

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