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Business tourism leaders say ‘no’ to EU exit

UKinbound says 82 per cent of its membership is against leaving the EU, ahead of planned referendum

More than 80 per cent of members of UKinbound, the representative body for Britain’s travel and tourism industry believe that staying in the EU is important to business.

At its annual convention in Scotland this week, the trade body revealed that 82 per cent of its membership, which consists of leisure and business travel organisations and companies, are against withdrawal from the Union.

Among the members relevant to business events are destination management companies including Cashel Travel and Brook Green, while hotel groups such as Q Hotels, Macdonald Hotels & Resorts and Intercontinental Hotel Group and destination marketing organisations Glasgow City Market Board, London & Partners and VisitBritain are members. UKinbound’s announcement follows the Prime Minister’s recent request asking the business community to share its views on EU membership ahead of a planned referendum by the end of 2017.

Panellists at last month's EventHuddle debate on EU membership argued than exit would result in 'silly' regulations for the meetings and events industry.

Chairman Mark McVay said: “Our member survey findings highlight overwhelming support for Britain to remain in the EU. This shouldn't come as a surprise as the EU is an extremely important source market for tourism. It is important to our country's economy that we make it as easy as possible for people to travel here, not isolate ourselves from the market which collectively brought two-thirds of our visitors in 2015.”

CEO Deirdre Wells added: “Saying “yes” to staying in the EU sends a clear message that we are open for business.”

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