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Deirdre Wells: ‘I urge we stay in the customs area. We need an efficient and welcoming border. We need a business-friendly system for workers’


‘Help government to deliver the least damaging Brexit’


Industry leaders say sector can help ministers make the best of exiting the EU. Ian Taylor reports from The UK Tourism Industry Post-Brexit forum


The challenges posed by Brexit could outweigh any advantages even for the booming inbound sector, but there is “no real feeling for overturning” the decision, say senior industry figures.


Inbound tourism is enjoying a boom thanks to the fall in the pound, with Tourism Alliance director Kurt Jansen telling a forum on The UK Tourism Industry Post-Brexit in London last week: “You give people a 15% discount and they are incredibly motivated to come [to Britain].”


80 travelweekly.co.uk 8 February 2018 UKinbound chief executive


Deirdre Wells said: “We’ve done well out of the fall in the pound, but it won’t last forever. “Increased costs will find a way


into the supply chain.” She told the forum: “We’re now


into a very challenging period. The industry contracts potentially 18 months out.” Wells joined fellow sector


leaders in dismissing the idea that the Brexit decision can be reversed. She said: “The politics haven’t really changed. It’s our


job to make sure the government delivers the least damaging Brexit possible.” Jansen, whose Tourism Alliance


embraces outbound and inbound travel and includes Abta, said: “There is no real feeling for overturning Brexit. A crude argument that the whole thing is wrong just does not play.” But he said: “Politicians are


desperate for people to tell them how to make a success of Brexit.” Heritage Alliance chief executive


Lizzie Glithero-West said: “The number of civil servants working on any of our areas is diminishing. “The most useful thing we can do is help them.”


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