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croft 2020

UKinbound urges government to allow hospitality sector access to foreign national workers

UKinbound has called on the new secretary of state for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to ensure government policy allows tourism and hospitality businesses ease when it comes to overseas nationals, particularly those with language skills.

The new secretary of state for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport The Rt Hon Oliver Dowden MP and Nigel Huddleston MP as the new tourism minister were confirmed by Downing Street in the recent cabinet reshuffle.

CEO Joss Croft (pictured) commented: “UKinbound warmly welcomes and congratulates the new secretary of state for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport The Rt Hon Oliver Dowden MP and Nigel Huddleston MP as the new tourism minister. The association looks forward to working with both ministers.  

“In 2018, the inbound tourism industry generated nearly £23bn of export earnings for the UK economy but the industry still needs the government to continue its intervention and support, if it is to advance its delivery of world class experiences for international visitors and deliver jobs and growth across the whole of the UK. 

“There are some significant challenges ahead this year as the industry copes with the impact of the coronavirus, and the concerns of industry to resource businesses after 31 December. It is vital that the government’s new immigration policy allows tourism and hospitality businesses to have continued access to overseas nationals with foreign language skills, and to help plug labour shortages across the UK in key tourism hotspots, ensuring businesses can grow.”