‘2022 set to be blockbuster year’ for inbound tourism, claims Nadine Dorries
As new figures revealed the dimensions of the collapse of journey to the UK, the tradition secretary has predicted “2022 is about to be a blockbuster 12 months”.
Airports Council Worldwide says aviation to and from the UK was simply 22 per cent of 2019 ranges, by far the worst of any main European nation.
In distinction, Spain achieved 44 per cent, Portugal 48 per cent and Greece 53 per cent.
However Nadine Dorries, whose division is liable for tourism, insisted: “There’s enormous pent up demand from worldwide vacationers to go to the UK and my message is evident: our good tourism, hospitality and leisure companies are prepared and ready to welcome folks again.”
The prime minister stated: “Due to the outstanding success of our booster marketing campaign and the extraordinary efforts of the general public, the UK is formally some of the open nations in Europe and able to welcome guests from throughout the globe.
“The UK is dwelling to 1000’s of world class sights, unbeatable hospitality and unimaginable historical past and tradition; 2022 additionally guarantees a bunch of unmissable occasions, from her majesty’s Jubilee to the Commonwealth Video games.”
VisitBritain presently forecasts 24 million inbound guests to the UK this 12 months, down 41 per cent from 2019 ranges.
The choice to ban European Union residents travelling to the UK on ID playing cards has diminished the potential market from the EU by round 300 million.
Final month, after the federal government introduced in extra journey assessments, the organisation warned: “The reintroduction of testing and the added complexity and value for travellers will hit shopper confidence within the run-up to the crucial festive season.”
On Monday the transport secretary stated testing for totally vaccinated arrivals will finish on 11 February.
Grant Shapps stated: “We have already got some of the open economies in Europe with the least restrictions, and due to these adjustments we now have a journey sector to match it.
“This ultimate step in our steady and protected full return to worldwide journey is a serious increase for UK tourism, setting Britain free forward of the essential half time period and spring vacation season.”