UKinbound, one of the leading trade associations which represents 350 members of the travel and tourism industry in Britain, has revealed that 82% of its members say yes to staying in the EU.
The announcement was made at UKinbound’s Annual Convention, which took place for the first time in Scotland in over a decade, and showed that there was overwhelming support for Britain to remain in the UK, as the 82% said that it was important to their business.
The news follows the recent request from the Prime Minister to encourage the business community to share their views on EU membership.
Mark McVay, chairman at UKinbound commented: “This shouldn’t come as a surprise as the EU is an extremely important source market for tourism. It is important to our country’s economy that we make it as easy as possible for people to travel here, not isolate ourselves from the market which collectively brought two-thirds of our visitors in 2015.”
Overseas visitor spending in the UK contributed £22bn last year to the economy, with each inbound visitor subsidising an additional £630 in export earnings and bestowing £216 to the Exchequer.
On the back on this news, UKinbound will continue its efforts to emphasise the importance of the inbound tourism sector maintaining the theme of ‘Staying GREAT’ which has been the reigning focus throughout the Annual Convention in support of VisitBritain’s GREAT tourism campaign.