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Message to TMI Members from President, Amanda Lumley

As we head into the festive season and look forward to 2021 it seems hard to imagine that this time last year was so different, a world apart from where we are today. It is almost impossible to conceive just how much the whole world has changed in that short space of time.

Date: 21st December 2020

Tourism Recovery Plan

As an outcome of this week’s Tourism Industry Council meeting to discuss DCMS’s development of a Tourism Recovery Plan, DCMS has asked for: Evidence outlining the impact of the VAT cut (see the survey previously posted) How consumer demand is changing as a result of COVID-19 (and therefore what changes are needed because of this)

Date: 19th December 2020

UKinbound announces new Board of Directors

UKinbound has announced its new board of directors, featuring prominent industry experts from across the UK’s tourism sphere. Self-nominated and then voted for by the association’s membership, which comprises over 350 businesses, the 14 new board executives will take up their positions at UKinbound’s Annual General Meeting in February 2021 and will sit on the board for a three-year term. The TMI would like to congratulate all new members, and especially TMI member, Kathryn Davis, Head of Tourism at Destination Bristol and interim CEO at Visit Bath.

Date: 17th December 2020

Petition for Hospitality Minister

A petition calling on the Government to create a Minister for Hospitality is gaining momentum, with hundreds of leading chefs and restaurateurs putting their support behind the campaign. Earlier today, Kate Nichols, CEO UK Hospitality joined TMI members in one of our regular discussions.  The TMI would like to urge our members to support this campaign as it is vital that the industry receives more support if it is to survive.

Date: 17th December 2020

Visit Britain 2021 Tourism Forecast

The annual VisitBritain forecast for the volume and value of inbound tourism to the UK is issued in December each year. 2020 forecast Inbound: VisitBritain’s latest central scenario forecast for inbound tourism to the UK in 2020, as of December 11th, is for a decline of 76% in visits to 9.7 million and a decline of 80% in spending to £5.7 billion. This would represent a loss vs the pre-COVID forecast of 32.3 million visits and £24.7 billion spending. 2020 forecast Domestic: We have forecast a central scenario for England of £28.5 billion in domestic tourism spending in 2020, down 63% compared to 2019 when spending by domestic tourists in England was £75.9bn Official inbound tourism statistics from the Office for National Statistics have only been published up to June 2020, and detailed statistics only up to March 2020. However, a number of other data sources are available which allow us to assess the state of inbound tourism to the UK. VisitBritain has issued a number of updates to its inbound forecast during 2020.

Date: 17th December 2020

Survey for Cut Tourism VAT Campaign

Please take a few moments to complete this survey designed to help the Cut Tourism VAT Campaign and UK Hospitality evidence the benefits of the current temporary cut in VAT on tourism services. We would like to thank Kate Nichols, CEO UK Hospitality. for sparing some time for TMI members today, from her incredibly busy schedule.   The TMI supports all the work that UK Hospitality are doing and would urge you to complete the survey.  You may also wish to circulate the survey to some or all your local business partners: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9CHZNCQ

Date: 16th December 2020