TA Weekly Update – 2nd March 2023

Members’ Weekly Update In this update…2nd March 2023 Insights Conference and Reception – 3 weeks to go Shortage Occupation List: call for evidence  A new permitted development right for temporary campsites? Tourism Alliance AGM – 7 June     Insights Conference and Reception – 3 weeks to go Three weeks today we will be welcoming you to Tourism Insights Conference and English Tourism Week Parliamentary Reception.

Thank you to everyone who has bought a ticket and especial thanks to our sponsors.

If you have not yet done so, book now to secure your place as tickets are limited.

As a reminder the speakers we have lined up are: Nejc Jus, Head of Research at the World Travel & Tourism Council, will be speaking on the topic of “World in Motion: Global Travel Insights.” Linda Ristagno from IATA will be joining us to talk to “Nose-dive and recovery? Is global aviation back on the right flight path? Justin Reid from TripAdvisor will be speaking on the topic of “UK Tourism – is it ok to peek out from behind the Covid sofa yet?” David Edwards from ETOA and Scattered Clouds will talk on “OK-UK? A long-haul journey through time: past, present and future.” Richard Nicholls from VisitBritain will discuss “Domestic and Inbound Performance and Prospects” and will in particular talk about GBTS and GBDVS data Mike Saul from Barclays will be telling us what they are seeing with consumer behaviour – are they spending on holidays or saving their money? A panel of DMO reps will also talk about destination insights and data in their local areas. All TA members, and all organisations within your membership, are welcome to join us at the member rate and all delegates are welcome to join us afterwards at our annual English Tourism Week Parliamentary Reception, 3pm-5pm in the Terrace Pavilion, House of Commons. 
Sponsorship opportunities are also available for TA members and non-members, both for the conference and the Parliamentary Reception.   Book your ticket now   Download sponsorship pack     Shortage Occupation List: call for evidence The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) is charged with keeping the Shortage Occupation List (SOL) up-to-date. This lists occupations where there is an evidenced shortage of suitable skilled labour in the UK, and where they believe it is sensible to fill those shortages with migrant workers through a skilled work visa.

The MAC are currently consutling on a three questions:

1. Whether to change the salary qualifcation criteria for inclusion on the SOL
2. Which occupations on the current SOL should continue to be included and which should be removed
3. Whether to recategorise some jobs at a higher qualiufiucaton level (RQF level 3) in order for them to be included in the list, and exceptionally whether any jobs at RQF 1 and 2 level might be included. 

Further information and guidance about the call for evidence and the SOL more broadly can be found on the consultation webpage. The consultation closes on 26th May 2023.

If your organisation is intending to make a case for inclusion for jobs in your sector, please do let us know.     A new permitted development right for temporary campsites?  The Department of Levelling-Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) is consulting on a possible new permitted development right. These are rights that landowners have to do things on or with their land without needing local authority planning permission. The proposal is to allow the temporary use of land for recreational campsites to include the placing of tents and movable structures to provide facilities such as toilets.

There would be some limitations – a maximum of 30 tents, and for no more than 60 days in a calendar year.

The consultation details are available here and it closes on 25 April. 

It is likely that the TA will submit evidnece to this consultation, so please do feed in your thoughts and evidence to us so we can include it and ensure it is representative of our members.      Tourism Alliance AGM – 7 June. A reminder to put the Tourism Alliance AGM in your diary for 1100-1200 on Wednesday 7 June 2023. This will be taking place in central London (exact location TBD). 

As well as the important AGM business we are pleased to announce that the Rt Hon Damian Green MP (Cons, Ashford), will be our guest speaker. Damian has been a long-standing support of the tourism industry, and is currently serving as Chair of the DCMS House of Commons Select Committee. Twitter LinkedIn Website Email