Seeking to make up for lost time, prime minister Theresa May has today launched what the government is describing as the first ever tourism sector deal for the UK.
Having taken up the role of chief executive with trade body UKinbound in November last year, Joss Croft brings more than two decades of experience to the position. Here he sits down with Breaking Travel News editor Chris O’Toole to discuss the health of the UK tourism industry, the impact of the interminable Brexit saga and his ambitions for the organisation over the coming year
UKinbound has revealed the appointment of Nathan Alemany as its first ever north of England account manager. His appointment is a strategic business development by UKinbound, aimed at developing and growing the association’s northern footprint.
Croft brings with him over 25 years of senior leadership experience spanning positions at the UK department for international trade and VisitBritain, and a strong understanding of international business and the visitor economy.
A report released by travel trade association UKinbound has uncovered a growing language skills gap facing the UK tourism industry, caused by a combination of Brexit and the decline of language training in the UK.
UKinbound has announced that next year the city of Glasgow will, for the first time in 31 years, host its annual convention, from February 6th-8th, 2019. As part of UKinbound’s commitment to promoting all corners of the UK, next year’s convention will see over 260 of the association’s members converge on Glasgow for the three-day business event.
UK hospitality operators have offered a mixed response to the decision to freeze air passenger duty on short-haul and economy class flights. The move was revealed earlier by Phillip Hammond, chancellor of the exchequer, in the autumn budget.