With politicians knuckling down in the run-up to the next general election, the British tourism and hospitality industry is urging party leaders to remember them in manifestos.
Leading UK tourism bosses have joined forces to form the Campaign for Tourism, which they hope will remind the major parties of their contribution to the economy.
The industry is a major contributor to the UK economy, with ten per cent of the country’s workforce employed in tourism.
RDO has added its support to the Campaign for Tourism which launched this month and includes organisations from across the tourism industry, including attractions, historic houses, heritage sites, B&Bs, hotels, restaurants, palaces, language schools and destinations.
Lord Lee of Trafford, chairman of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions, said: “Tourism and hospitality is the number one industry in more constituencies than any other industry in the country. By coming together to support this campaign, we are able to deliver a clear message to the government: take tourism seriously.”
Mary Rance, chairman for the Tourism Alliance, added: “The UK is one of the top tourist destinations in the world, bringing in billions of pounds of revenue, but the government needs to move faster to stay with the pack.
“Visa reform, air passenger duty – these are just two of the issues that prevent tourists from spending their money on our shores and the Government can make direct improvements. Let’s ask the Government to support success and help us drive the UK’s economy forward.”
As part of the campaign, letters have been sent out to all major political parties, reminding them that tourism was left out of all political manifestos at the last General Election. As a supporter of the campaign, RDO added its signature to these letters.