Tourism Alliance Update – 28th April

  • Covid Pass Letters For Children

The guidance on Covid pass letters for international travel has been updated to state that they are now available for children aged 5 to 11 living in England.
  • Exceptional Assurance Extended Again

Exceptional assurance, the scheme which allows people that have a visa to stay in the UK for a limited period to remain beyond the expiry date of the visa if they have not been able to do so due to covid has been extended to include people whose visa expires before 31 May 2022 (it was 30 April previously).
  • Change To Eligibility Criteria For Restart Scheme

The restart scheme started just under a year ago to help people back to work who had been on Universal Credit in the Intensive Worksearch Regime for between 12 and 18 months by providing them with up to 12 months of tailored support.  At the beginning of this year the scheme was expanded to include Universal Credit claimants after 9 months and with no upper limit. The scheme has now been expanded again so that claimants who are in receipt of Income Based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA IB) can be referred.

               Further details of the scheme and the provider company for each region is available on the following link.

  • Ukraine: Guidance for Employers

In yesterday’s update I highlighted a seminar that the Government is holding for businesses to explain on visa routes for Ukrainian nationals, how to carry out right to work/rent checks, and support and guidance for employers. There has been a huge response from businesses so they have decided to hold another session next Wednesday. The details and link to register for the seminar are as follows:

Wednesday 4th May 2022, 14:00 – 15:00
Ukraine: Guidance for Employers and Landlords Tickets, Wed 4 May 2022 at 14:00 | Eventbrite

  • Youth & Student Travel Summit

Tourism Alliance Member British Educational Travel Association (BETA) are holding a Youth & Student Travel Summit in London on 19th May.

The Summit aims to give insights into how young people will travel now and in the future. You will join youth, student and educational professionals to network, trade and hear from an expert line-up of speakers, sharing practical guides, insights and expertise on marketing to this high value, fast growing sector:

  • Explore the latest industry data business forecasts, sentiment and recovery timelines
  • Claim your FREE industry White Paper “What Really Matters” – tracking Gen Z’s attitudes to travel
  • Network face to face reconnect with your network and build new relationships
  • Meet industry experts with 20+ speakers on various topics take away some tangible advice and actions
  • Hear top tips on maximising marketing spend for smaller budgets
  • Meet the challenges of our industry and how you can work towards being more sustainable
  • How is new tech impacting our sector in the next 5 years the metaverse is set to boom, what does this mean for Gen Z marketeers

Any interested Tourism Alliance members interested in attending can access the BETA member rate by using the code ‘TOURISMALLIANCE’ on the booking form or contact for further information.

  • Review Of The Hospitality Sector

The Tourism Society would like to invite Tourism Alliance members to their ‘A Review of the Hospitality Sector for 2022 and Predictions for 2023,’ taking place virtually on 04 May from 12 – 1 pm.

The panel will be moderated by Peter Hancock FTS, and feature:

  • Robert Richardson, Chief Executive Officer, Institute of Hospitality
  • Graham Donoghue CTS, Chief Executive Officer, Sykes Holiday Cottages
  • Tom Ross, Managing Director, The PIG Hotels

For more information and to sign up see below: