Published on : Tuesday, December 19, 2017
In the last 12 months till August a record 40 million people visited the UK and is worth £130 billion a year.Overcoming the fears that inbound tourists would be effected by Brexit.
Tourism sector leaders like the Steve Ridgway, Heathrow, Manchester Airports Group and Cox & Kings and heads of more than 40 organisations have requested the government to make tourism a key part of its industrial strategy.
They mentioned in a letter published in a leading daily that tourism could be worth £268 billion by 2025. They want to compete globally as a world-class destination for visitors, boosting economic growth across the whole of Britain.
The bosses of Belfast City and Birmingham airports had also signed the letter and sought for the creation of special tourism zones in areas where local leaders would improve transport links and extend tourism seasons.
VisitBritan and VisitEngland chief Ridgway, a former chief executive of Virgin Atlantic said that he wants tourism to be a key part of the industrial strategy and requested the government to support the plan.
Ridgway is leading the bid to get to get the special recognition that other sectors enjoy. He also warned that it would founder without government support to improve infrastructure.