ABTA – the Travel Association has responded to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee report on ‘The potential impact of Brexit on the creative industries, tourism and the digital single market’.
Mark Tanzer, Chief Executive of ABTA said:
“We’re pleased the DCMS committee has recognised the significant value tourism brings to the UK economy and, in particular, the need to make progress on aviation arrangements as part of the Brexit discussions.
“Aviation access in Europe after Brexit is a critical issue for the travel industry - many existing airline routes are secured through EU negotiated agreements, so reaching an agreement, whereby these arrangements are retained or replaced, is a matter of urgency. Visa-free travel, the ability to post workers overseas and valuable consumer rights, like the European Health Insurance Card, help people travel with confidence and should also be priority issues in the Brexit discussions.
“It is becoming increasingly difficult for businesses to plan ahead, agreeing transitional arrangements as soon as possible this year would provide some certainty for travel companies and help protect consumer confidence.”