Weekly TA update (8 Dec 2022) – latest IPS data; Lords get evidence on youth and student travel; short-term rental registration scheme pledge; IEM join the TA

  1. Latest IPS data published
  2. BETA and UKInbound give evidence on youth and student travel to Lords
  3. Government commits to short-term rental registration in bill
  4. Welcome the Institute of Event Management to The Tourism Alliance
  5. Your graphics designer contacts

Latest IPS data published

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has published the latest International Passenger Survey (IPS) data covering July and August. The relevant page on the VB website has been updated.

The headline data is that inbound UK visits have continued to grow every month in the 8 months to August. Between January and August 2022, the UK welcomed almost 19 million inbound visits.

BETA and UKInbound give evidence on youth and student travel to Lords

Joss Croft from UKInbound and Steve Lowy from BETA gave evidence, alongside Rhammel Afflick from the British Youth Council to the Lords European Affairs Committee this week on the subject of youth and student travel. This was part of the Committee’s inquiry into the future UK-EU relationship.

As we have reported previously, youth and student group trips to the UK have dived 83% following changes to the passport requirements at the border. This was a good opportunity for Joss and Steve to press home that fact, that change in Government policy is needed, and to talk about the broader reasons for embracing youth and student travel, and why we should support it further.

You can rewatch the evidence session via Parliamentlive.tv

Government commits to short-term rental registration in bill

The Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing, and Communities, Michael Gove MP, has tabled a government amendment to the Levelling-up and Regeneration Bill which is currently progressing through parliament committing to a registration scheme for short-term rental properties.

The text can be accessed via the Amendment Paper. It is shown as government new clause 119 (Gov NC 119) on page 50 of the paper. The amendment commits the Government to introducing a scheme, but that it must consult on the nature of the scheme before doing so.

In a letter to Selaine Saxby MP (Con, North Devon) who has been pushing for this, the Housing Minister Lucy Frasier MP has said she intends to launch a consultation before summer recess next year, with an implementation date by autumn 2024.

The Prime Minister also confirmed this was government policy during PMQs yesterday.

We welcome this announcement from the Government as we have been strong supporters of a registration scheme for short-terms accommodation. We will of course be engaging with the consultation when it arrives and will keep colleagues informed of progress in this direction.

Welcome the Institute of Event Management to the Tourism Alliance

We are pleased to announce that the Institute of Event Management (IEM) has joined the Tourism Alliance as a member.

The Institute of Event Management is the professional body for all those involved in the creation, planning, organisation, and delivery of events across all strands of the events sector globally.

It was established in 2012 to provide professional recognition via three routes – accreditation, experiential and on-the-job training e.g. apprenticeship.  In addition, it provides opportunities for continuing professional development, a body of knowledge together with engagement and strong networking opportunities.

The events sector is an extremely important component of the tourism industry and we are delighted to strengthen the representation of events, and those who specialise in them, in the Alliance.

Your graphics designer contacts?

We are currently looking for a graphics designer to work with us on future design work for the Alliance including assets such as social media graphics and document design. If you or your organisation has anyone to recommend please do let me know via Richard.Toomer@tourismalliance.com