British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced the UK’s first-ever tourism sector deal.
As part of the deal, the destination plans to build more than 130,000 new hotel rooms across the UK. Seventy-five percent of them are being constructed outside of London. A £250,000 investment will be made to enhance broadband connectivity in conferences centers across the UK for business visitors.
The deal will also support the creation of an additional 10,000 apprenticeships for those looking to kickstart their careers in the tourism and hospitality sectors.
In 2018, approximately 38 million people visited the UK and contributed £23 billion to the local economy. An additional 9 million visitors to the UK are expected by 2025. Because of the increased demand for infrastructure, the new deal strives to build an additional 130,000 hotel rooms.
The deal will also improve disability accommodations to make destinations across the country more accessible.
Other commitments in the Tourism Sector Deal include:
- Five new Tourism Zones will be created to drive visitor numbers across the country. Zones will be provided with Government support for developing their local visitor economy, via initiatives like targeted support for product and promotion development, mentoring support to businesses and digital skills training.
- A new tourism data hub will gather and arrange regularly updated data showing the latest trends and spends.
- New mentorship schemes will be accessible to 10,000 employees in the sector.
- To drive off-season visits, a new government strategy will heighten the number of Business Events and Conferences.
- The sector deal, developed in partnership with the British Tourist Authority and Industry, forms part of the UK Government’s Modern Industrial Strategy supporting the continued growth of the tourism sector.
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