Strict visa regime and high APD hurting UK tourism

Published on : Thursday, March 20, 2014

VisaThe tourism prospects of Britain is facing heavy loss due to the Government’s obstinate regime as far as the Air Passenger Duty and stringent visa policies are concerned, a report from WTTC states.


The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has assessed 184 countries as part of its research and is in a unique position to compare policies in the UK with other countries in the world.

The inertial of the government in terms of vital development in travel and tourism infrastructure is seriously hurting the economy of the country. WTTC directly accuses Downing Street for polices such as Air Passenger Duty and the visa processing system for Chinese visitors, who are considered as the biggest outbound community in world.
Its report, which charts the contribution made by the tourism industry to economies around the world, concludes that damaging policies in the UK, also including high levels of VAT for hotels and restaurants, are “inhibiting” Britain.


The travel and tourism industry, which includes everything from airlines to cultural attractions, made a direct contribution of £57.3bn to the UK economy last year, 3.5pc of the country’s total GDP, according to the WTTC’s 2014 Economic Impact report.
If the benefit to suppliers is included, that contribution rises to £170.5bn, according to the WTTC, or 10.5pc of UK GDP.
However, the council warns that growth in the UK’s travel and tourism sector is likely to slow this year, to 2.8pc from 3.4pc in 2013, as high taxes on air travel and visa policies hold Britain back.



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