Brexit talks should focus on travel issues, says industry body

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The UK's impending exit from the European Union is undoubtedly one of the most important issues around which Travel Management Companies (TMCs) will be planning in the coming years.

With Brexit due to come into effect in March 2019, the travel industry remains in the dark as to how exactly the process will affect the travel rights of people living in the UK, as well as for those planning trips to Britain from elsewhere in the world.

Following the recent confirmation that the governments of the UK and EU will be moving on to the next phase of Brexit negotiations in the coming months, the British travel sector body ABTA has called on lawmakers to ensure that the coming talks make a priority of addressing issues that are of particular concern to those travelling for business and leisure.

It recommended that four key matters be given the necessary focus: namely, the maintenance of unencumbered travel within Europe and beyond; ensuring that businesses can post staff to support holidaymakers; making sure visa-free travel is available for both holidaymakers and business travellers; and protecting consumer rights even after Brexit.

Mark Tanzer, chief executive of ABTA, said: "The UK outbound travel industry generates over €37 billion for the economies in the EU, and £28 billion for the UK. It also supports hundreds of thousands of jobs and businesses, both here and abroad.

"Many travel companies have already begun to look ahead to 2019, so agreeing transitional arrangements early in the new year will help business to plan and help protect consumer confidence."

The organisation pledged to continue working closely with the EU and the UK government to raise these issues on behalf of the industry throughout the next phase of the negotiations.

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