Despite some continuing uncertainty about the likely direction of the UK Government’s Industry Strategy which was started prior to the General Election, work is continuing towards producing a UK tourism Sector Deal bid on the off chance the Sector Deal approach and the original timetable for bid submissions (September) remains extant. For background information on Sector Deals and the perceived importance of being engaged with it as a sector, see item 4.11. of our Board minutes: https://britishdestinations.net/members-area/content/board-and-executive-meetings/
To this end I am attending a meeting tomorrow, 16th June, on the “connectivity” strand of the 4 strand approach to developing a tourism sector deal bid. The first draft working proposals in this strand are understandably heavily weighted towards international tourism, for example, issues like: VISA’s, airport capacity and Air Passenger duty are heavily featured and are all things that most destinations would be supportive of. There is rather less emphasis on connectivity and distribution for international tourists once inside the UK and, as yet, very little reference, if any, to connectivity and domestic tourism. You will not be surprised to hear therefore that it’s the in-country and domestic dimensions that I will be attempting to champion on your behalf tomorrow and in subsequent meetings and consultations for this and the other three strands. Once there is something more substantive for you to comment on directly I will of course circulate it.
In the meantime if there are any issues want raised that you are not sure if I will have picked up on already, then please let know ASAP.