By PAUL SANDERSThe UK will need to “do more” to attract international visitors in the wake of Brexit to keep pace with demand from the world, the UK’s tourism minister has said.
John Whittingdale, who has led the Department for International Trade (Dfid) since last month, made the remarks as the economy continues to struggle with a severe drop in international tourism.
In an interview with Sky News, Whittingsey said he expected the UK economy to grow by 2.7 per cent this year and by 4 per cent next year.
But he said this could not be sustained as it was “the nature of the industry” to “be resilient” and “grow more slowly than we would like”.
“The government is going to have to do more to attract visitors to the UK,” he said.
“I am absolutely convinced that in terms of attracting foreign investment, the economy is strong.”
But we are going to need to do a lot more to ensure that the economy grows faster and that the country is more successful.
“A number of businesses, including travel agencies and hoteliers, are planning to close, and the government has already been forced to cut visitor numbers in recent months amid an acute shortage of accommodation and other essentials.
Whittingsey has also urged business owners to focus more on the UK as a whole.”
The UK economy is still growing.
It is still the most attractive place in the world to invest.
We are not losing any business, and it’s not a situation where the UK is going away,” he added.”
It is not a recession or an economic slowdown.
The UK economy will grow by 4.6 per cent in 2020, but it will be in a period of rapid growth where we will be seeing new businesses opening.