easyJet published some interesting research which provides a bit of comfort in trying to get heads around how much priority people will place on holidays in 2023 given the cost-of-living crisis.
- Research by easyJet conducted with 2,000 UK consumers in mid-November 2022 showed that 64% plan to fly abroad in 2023.
- Protecting holiday spend remains a priority for most with three quarters saying it was one of their most important plans for next year
- 70% agreed that they will prioritise a holiday over other expenditure in their yearly budget.
easyJet’s press release with more detail and comment is here.
Hotel use for asylum seekers – debate and questions
The difficult and sensitive subject of the use of hotels in many tourist destinations to accommodate asylum seekers is getting more and more attention, including in the press, and some members and other DMOs have started asking questions about the potential impact of this policy on the visitor economy, especially if it continues into the tourism season next year.
There was a House of Commons debate on an urgent question on this topic on 23rd November which colleagues may find useful to read. However, it largely covered the acute issues faced by the Home Office right now rather than dealing with medium-term solutions that would free up hotel accommodation for tourist use.
Therefore, we will be writing to the Home Office seeking some information about the planning for 2023 and making the point that any further uncertainty to be faced by tourism businesses on top of that provided by the various crises we’re facing would of course not be welcome.
Become a Tourism Alliance member for 2023
Several organisations on this mailing list are not currently members of the Tourism Alliance. As a reminder, any national trade or member body operating in the tourism sector is eligible to apply to join as full members of the Alliance, and DMOs are welcome to join as associate members.
If your organisation is not a yet a member and would like to explore membership, now is an ideal time as our membership year runs from January. Let me know and I’d be happy to send through some information, membership forms and have a meeting to discuss further.
Follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter
It is our plan to use our social platforms much more in the coming months, including to amplify our members’ policy work, campaigning and events, and to promote the work of the TA. We will also be refreshing them with a new logo and look in the new year.
If you’re not already following us please do so:
On Twitter: @tourismsvoice
TA LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/tourism-alliance/
Richard Toomer’s LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/richard-toomer-03a46022
Join us in celebrating Kurt’s achievements at the Tourism Society dinner
Our former Director, Kurt Janson OBE, will be receiving the coveted Tourism Award for his services to the industry at The Tourism Society President’s Dinner which will take place on 18 January 2023 at the Little Ship Club, London EC4R 3TB.
The dinner will be hosted by The Rt Hon. The Viscount Lord Thurso. There will be a three-course meal accompanied by wine, followed by coffee and petit fours to wind down the evening. You, your family, friends and colleagues are welcome to join the Tourism Society for this fantastic evening.
Tickets are on sale at £112 for Tourism Society members and £130 non-members, or you can book a table of 10 for £1120.