The Queen’s Speech contains a significant number of items that have implications for the Tourism industry:
- Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill - This Bill will end the free movement of EU nationals into the UK and set the framework for a new points-based immigration system to be introduced in 2021. UKinbound’s research has highlighted that, finding people with the skills needed by tourism businesses is going to be one of the industry’s most significant issues post Brexit so it will be important that this Bill takes account of soft skills such as languages.
Employment (Allocation of Tips) Bill - This new Bill aims to replace a voluntary Code of Practice within the industry with legal obligations on employers to pass on all tips to workers in full and, where they distribute tips amongst workers, to do so on a fair and transparent basis.
Broadband - New legislation is proposed in order to roll-out gigabit capable broadband across the UK in order to achieve nationwide coverage as soon as possible
Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Bill - This Bills aims to make aviation travel quicker, quieter and cleaner by modernising airspace, as well as modernising the licensing framework for air traffic control, the Bill will also give the Government powers to direct an airport or other relevant body to prepare and submit a proposal to the Civil Aviation Authority to change the design of their airspace.
Airline insolvency legislation - This new legislation comes in the wake of the Thomas Cook collapse and will be aimed at protecting passengers in the event of an airline insolvency by reforming the insolvency process to make sure the industry can get passengers home quickly and effectively when an airline collapses. One of the key elements will be to keep the company’s aircraft flying long enough for passengers to be repatriated
Railway Reform - The Government will publish a White Paper on the Williams Review recommendations later this autumn with the aim of implementing reforms in 2020. At the heart of this will be initiatives to simplify fares and ticketing