UKinbound has released a major piece of research that they commissioned from Canterbury Christ Church University on the impact of leaving the EU and the proposed £30k threshold in the Government’s Immigration white paper on employment in the UK tourism industry.
The research shows that the Government’s proposed post-Brexit immigration reforms have the potential to severely destabilise the tourism industry in the UK. The key findings of the research, which centred on a survey of tourism businesses, are that:
65% of businesses said that the proposals would impact negatively on their ability to continue to operate
71% of businesses believe that the proposals would impact negatively on their ability to expand
75% of businesses believe that the proposals would impact negatively on their ability to remain competitive
68% of tourism businesses cited the limited domestic labour market as the key reason for the continued need for EU workers
80% of tour operators and destination management businesses cited the lack of home-grown talent with foreign language skills as the driving force behind the need for EU workers.
The main report is available on the UKinbound website https://www.ukinbound.org/ and there is also a video that sets out the findings. https://vimeo.com/ukinbound/a-perfect-storm