LONDEN–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Een stem voor een vertrek uit de Europese Unie zou de Britse toerismesector 4,1 miljard pond per jaar aan uitgaven door internationale toeristen kunnen kosten. Een nieuw, vandaag gepubliceerd onderzoek door reisdealuitgever Travelzoo wijst uit dat een derde van alle reizigers uit Duitsland, Italië en Spanje en een kwart uit Frankrijk minder snel geneigd is naar het Verenigd Koninkrijk te reizen in het geval van een stem voor vertrek uit de EU. Vier op de tien respondenten uit EU-landen zijn ook bezorgd dat een zogeheten Brexit vakanties naar het Verenigd Koninkrijk duurder maakt.
In de vier grootste lidstaten van de Europese Unie (Frankrijk, Duitsland, Italië en Spanje) is het heersende sentiment dat het Verenigd Koninkrijk in de Unie moet blijven, met iets minder dan 70 procent van de ondervraagden in het blijf-kamp. Desondanks denken respondenten uit sommige landen – voornamelijk Frankrijk – dat een vertrek uit de EU het Verenigd Koninkrijk tot een veiligere vakantiebestemming maakt.
European Tourists to the UK Could Drop by a Third Following Brexit
LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)– A vote to leave the European Union this month could cost the UK’s tourism industry as much as £4.1 billion a year in international tourist spending alone. According to new research* published today by global travel deals publisher Travelzoo (NASDAQ: TZOO), a third of travellers from Germany, Italy and Spain – and a quarter from France – say they would be less inclined to travel to the UK in the event of a Leave vote. Four in 10 respondents from EU countries also worry that Brexit could make UK holidays more expensive.
Sentiment among the four largest European Union nations (France, Germany, Italy and Spain) is that the UK should stay in the EU, with just under 70% in the Remain camp. In spite of this, respondents from some nations – notably France – believe that leaving the EU could make the UK a safer destination for holidays.
Although almost 75% of the UK’s international visitors come from within the EU, even respondents from further afield (10% of those from Canada and 12% from the US) stated they would be less likely to come to a post-Brexit UK.
Holidays for British tourists in Europe, meanwhile, could become more expensive if the sentiment expressed by some of our neighbours in France and Spain becomes more widespread: 40 per cent of respondents from these countries feel it would be fair to impose higher fees, such as a hiked city tax, on British visitors, if the UK votes Leave on June 23.
UK travellers have their own concerns regarding the impact Brexit could have on the cost of their holiday. Over a quarter (28%) are concerned that withdrawal from the EU could lead to more expensive holidays for them, while 56% are worried that Brexit would reduce the ease and flexibility with which British nationals can currently travel inside the EU.
Other UK tourist concerns include:
Joel Brandon-Bravo, UK Managing Director of Travelzoo, said: “Our neighbours in Europe clearly don’t want the UK to leave the EU, and the impact of this sentiment could translate into a significant drop in bookings to the UK from the largest European countries. When combined with a potential loss of more than 10 per cent of visitors from North America, as indicated in our research, it’s clear that Brexit could be very bad news for the UK’s domestic tourism industry. Similarly, UK consumers looking to travel abroad also have concerns about Brexit impacting the outbound tourism industry.”
John Fletcher, Pro Vice Chancellor at Bournemouth University (one of the top global academic institutions specialising in travel and tourism), concluded: “Although the impact of Brexit on tourism is a difficult one to predict, given that France, Germany, Italy and Spain make up four of the UK’s top seven tourist-supplying countries – accounting for more than 11 million international visitors annually – it’s likely that the net result of Brexit will be significantly negative for the UK economy. While the figures above reflect only the direct tourism-related economic impacts of voting to leave the EU, if tourist spending from overseas visitors did indeed fall by £4.1 billion per year, this is likely to reduce HMRC revenue by more than £1.1 billion and reduce support for around 63,000 jobs in the UK.
“Even though a UK exit would take some time to complete, especially as renegotiating our revised status with Europe could take five to seven years from start to completion, there will be immediate effects created by this uncertainty.”
Other key findings:
*About the research
Travelzoo’s survey was conducted using an online questionnaire in the five largest European Union member states by population, and the US and Canada. The questionnaire was completed by 4,950 Travelzoo members across France, Spain, Germany, the US and Canada. For the UK and Italy Travelzoo commissioned independent research with Atomik Research surveying 2,004 consumers in the UK and 1,003 consumers in Italy.
Tourist spending figures calculated by Bournemouth University using data from Travelzoo’s research and figures from VisitBritain’s Inbound Tourism Reports: https://www.visitbritain.org/inbound-tourism-performance
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