ABTA's Manifesto outlines ABTA’s position on the key policy issues facing the travel industry.
On 16 July 2014, ABTA launched its manifesto highlighting travel and tourism’s vital role in the economy and setting out ABTA’s key priorities for political parties ahead of next year’s general election.
It contains five key priorities for the UK's travel and tourism industry for 2015 and beyond:
- Act urgently to increase airport capacity once the Airports Commission completes its work and delivers recommendations.
- Invest in infrastructure across all transport modes, enhancing surface access and connectivity, while improving services for passengers and businesses alike.
- Further reform and reduce Air Passenger Duty to ensure the UK is a more competitive place to invest in, trade with, and visit.
- Embed a cohesive approach to tourism policy in support of the UK’s vibrant mix of outbound, inbound and domestic travel and tourism businesses and the jobs we support.
- Ensure completion of consumer protection reforms to provide coherent protection for the travelling public and a balanced regulatory environment for UK businesses.
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Outbound travel’s economic contribution in the UK totals £28.3 billion, representing 1.8% of UK Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This includes a direct contribution of £11.7 billion, which is equivalent to 0.8% of UK GDP. The sector directly sustains over 214,000 UK jobs, on par with the country’s machinery and equipment manufacturing industry, and represents a greater UK employment contribution than that made by those involved in the manufacture of food products and electrical equipment.
Alongside domestic and inbound tourism, outbound travel remains an integral part of the UK’s vibrant tourism mix. All three sectors of the industry – inbound, outbound and domestic – are interconnected and interdependent, with shared infrastructure, shared products, and a shared customer base.
Outbound travel’s contribution to the UK economy has often been underestimated, with economic analysis of travel and tourism often focusing on the economic impact of inbound and domestic tourists. An initial study that we commissioned in 2012 worked to dispel the myth that UK residents travelling overseas diverted money away from UK businesses and the Exchequer by highlighting the economic activity and jobs outbound travel creates within the UK economy.
The launch of this report seeks to once again challenge any perceived knowledge of a ‘tourism deficit’.
The findings of this report demonstrate the enduring value of outbound travel to the UK economy, while highlighting how outbound travel businesses, and the supply chain that supports them, generate jobs and growth right across the UK.
The report demonstrates the enormous potential for growth that outbound travel possesses. On the cusp of recovering to pre-recession levels, the sector is in prime position to maximise the economic benefits of growing household disposable income.
The right policy and tax framework from the Government, alongside economic growth and returning customer confidence will be crucial in ensuring that the UK’s tourism mix reaches its full potential in the years ahead.
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This report explores the links between tourism and aviation in the UK, and highlights how the connections between these two vibrant industries are vitally important for the UK’s economy and for employment right across the country. The report has been authored jointly by ABTA, the Airport Operators Association, Tourism Alliance and UKinbound.
“The UK’s tourism and aviation industries are economic success stories. This report is an exploration of the interconnectivity of these industries, and an analysis of how flights to, from, and within the UK underpin the success of one of the UK’s largest and most vibrant industries”.
Mark Pritchard MP
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