Responding to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee’s (DCMS) ‘Promoting Britain Abroad’ report, UKHospitality Chief Executive Kate Nicholls mentioned: “The DCMS committee is completely proper to focus on the big worth tourism presents to the UK financial system, and hospitality is on the coronary heart of that providing.
“Every part of the UK has something to supply vacationers and we have now a incredible status as a rustic, however we must always not relaxation on our laurels and we must be globally aggressive. For instance, VAT stays a lot greater within the UK in comparison with our European counterparts. We would encourage the federal government to have a look at the price advantages of decreasing the speed of VAT and the introduction of tax-free procuring to redress this imbalance.
“The committee’s advice to introduce a brief restoration visa is something UKHospitality has lengthy been calling for. This would go a protracted solution to serving to recruitment challenges and would assist the sector’s capacity to supply incredible service to all its prospects. We would strongly urge the federal government to think about its introduction as part of a pro-growth evaluation of immigration coverage.
“The impression the UK can leave on visitors, in particular school visits, should not be underestimated and we also absolutely support the committee’s recommendation to allow single visas as part of educational visits.”