This section contains strategies and policies, relevant to tourism and the visitor economy:
DCMS Recovery Plans June 2021 (supersedes Sector Deal below): Published in June 2021 the recovery plan specifically states that it replaces the Tourism Sector Deal, although it will use some of the strategic thinking within in it. The recovery plan is long on what has been done so far and ongoing, it sets out a small number of very ambitious targets and is then a little light on how these are to be achieved by what specific actions. In addition to comments on the Sector Deal and within that the now defunct plans for tourism zones, there are references to keeping a tourism tax under review but no current plans to introduce one, reference to the success of the previous Coastal Community Fund but no reference to its continuation, reference to the importance of DMOs and the ongoing review and the promise of a consultation on the need for an accommodation registration scheme.
The UK’s Points-Based Immigration System Policy Statement 2020. Published in February 2020 this paper sets out the policies that will underpin the UK’s immigration system and articulate the aims and objectives of the new system which will come into effect post 31 January 2021. It is not the regulation and more detail will emerge during the coming months around the points tables, employment shortages, qualification and skills and the sectors and employment within them that will be covered. A separate response to the Law Commission report on the simplification of immigration rules on how they propose to provide the foundations for a streamlined and simplified system.
Amongst other things the policy paper makes it clear that the Government feels that: “we need to shift the focus away from cheap labour from Europe and instead concentrate on investment in technology and innovation”. This may create a number of challenges for parts of certain major industries, including leisure and tourism. Within the main body text, a number of mitigating measures are discussed for lower skilled employment but the clear message remains: “Employers will need to adjust”. There is no executive summary but 12 pages the paper can be easily scanned or read in full:
MAC Point Based System & Salary Threshold report 2020. The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) were commissioned in late June 2019 to report and make recommendations on a future Points Based System (PBS) and any associated salary thresholds.report was released in late January 2020 and at some 271 pages is detailed. The executive summary can be found at pages 5 to 11 and a summary of recommendations from 260 to 271. The report does not directly address the major concern in some parts of the tourism industry regarding maintenance of access to migrant workers to fill lower skilled, lower paid service sector vacancies. It recommends that if government is concerned about such vacancies (across various sectors) then these could be address by additional measures outside a PBS.
In the interim the politic dynamics have changed and some of the key recommendation may now not sit as well with the more recently stated aims and ambitions of the newly elected administration. It is now for Government to implement a new system informed but not necessarily directed by the MAC report, as they see fit.
VisitBritain VisitEngland 2020 5-year strategy: Published in January 2020 this document outline the VisitBritain and VisitEngland Strategy for the period 20020 to 2025. The new strategy includes a greater emphasis on supporting the domestic market:
DEFRA Landscape review (England): Published in September 2019 this report looks at the National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in England and makes recommendations regarding the future direction of both, including bring the two together “under one family” served by one National Landscape Service and increasing the diversification of usage, users and oversight. The full report can be accessed at:
Tourism Sector Deal 2019: Announced on 28 July 2019. “The Tourism Sector Deal sets out how the government and industry will work in partnership to boost productivity, develop the skills of the UK workforce and support destinations to enhance their visitor offer”. “The government’s modern Industrial Strategy sets out a long-term plan to boost the productivity and earning power of people throughout the UK. The tourism sector has the scale and geographical reach to deliver on this ambition”:
H of C UK Shared Prosperity Fund briefing paper 2019: After the UK leaves the European Union, it will no longer receive structural funding (which is worth about €2.4 billion per year). This funding is used for boosting several aspects of economic development, including support for businesses, employment and agriculture, and is administered by the different nations of the UK. In order to replace this funding, the Government has pledged to set up a Shared Prosperity Fund to “reduce inequalities between communities”. On the 8 May a briefing paper explaining the current position was published. A head of promised and currently delayed Government consultation on the funding mechanism this paper represents the best available source of information on the likely replacement for current EU structural funding:
H of C Tourism: statistics and policy brief 2019: The January 2019 House of Commons briefing document is regarded as the first port of call for MP’s and Members of the House of Lords wishing to understand more about tourism. As such it is an important source document for the wider industry and import starting point for any lobbying activity:
Tourism Council Brexit Response Paper 2016: The Tourism Industry Council developed this industry-wide document for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Department for Exiting the European Union (DexEU). It aims to identify those issues that they could take into account during the Government’s forthcoming negotiations on the UK’s new relationship with the EU. The content is not set in stone and additions and amendments may be made in further consultation with the industry:
Tourism Action Plan 2016: Published in August 2016 the report sets out the new Prime Minster’s vision for tourism. The report’s introduction concludes by saying that: “The actions in this report together with our new industrial strategy will make our tourism sector more internationally competitive and resilient, and ensure that its growth delivers for everyone”:
VisitEngland Action Plan 2016 (2016). The plan published in May 2016 sets out core activities to be undertaken for England in the three year period commencing 2016/17 and sets the context for annual business planning where more detailed activities, budgets, milestones and measures can be found:
The Cultural White Paper (2016). Published in March 2016 “this white paper sets out how the government will support our cultural sectors over the coming years and how culture will play an active role in building a fairer and more prosperous nation that takes a lead on the international stage”:
Tourism – Government’ s response to the CMS Select Committee Report (2015). On 26 March 2015, the Culture, Media and Sport Committee published its Sixth Report of Session 2014-15, Tourism. The Government responded to this Report on 16 July 2015:
Backing the Tourism Sector – a five point plan (2015). Published in July 2015 this is the new Conservative Government’s five point plan to increase and spread international visitor across the UK:
Party Manifestos (2015). To accommodate the pre general election flurry of manifesto we have consolidated those we have had access to, along side the summary comment on the tourism component of each supplied by the Tourism Alliance:
Triennial Review of VisitBritain and VisitEngalnd (2015). Published in March 2015 the review looks at the performance of VB and VE making recommendation to Government on the future roles and functions of both organisations:
Culture Media and Sport Select Committee Tourism Report (2015). The report of the CMS Select Committee inquiry into tourism published on 26 March 2015 can be accessed here:
Business Visit and Events Strategy (2015). “This strategy focuses on supporting the growth of the UK business visits and events sector, particularly in helping to support this Government’s (March 2015) aim to increase exports by 2020″:
Unlocking the sharing economy. This independent review makes recommendations on how the UK can become the global centre for sharing for the sharing economy:
DCMS Guidance on the implications of the EU court finding on State Aid and tourism 2013
VisitEngland Framework Strategy for Tourism 2010 -2020 – Annual Progress Report 2014
The Welsh Government Tourism Strategy 2013 – 2020
The “Davies report” the Airports Commission interim report on airport expansion December 2013:
The latest (2013) version of the briefing note on tourism for Westminster MPs:
No stone unturned, Conservative proposals for economic growth (2012):
Post General Election Coalition programme for Government(2011):
Post General Election DCMS tourism policy (2011):
Pre General Election Conservative Part Manefesto:
Pre General Election Labour Party Manefesto:
The Development of Tourism Act 1969: