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Date: 19/04/2018

Tourism and creative Industries are seeing a decline post-Brexit vote. According to recent reports by the Government, both industries have been largely overlooked and underestimated in Brexit negotiations despite being two vital sectors for the UK economy.

The Great Britain Tourism Survey, which was published earlier this year, saw that business tourism experienced the biggest declines. Visit volume is down by 10.6%, and spending is down by 7.6% and could continue to fall if it continues to be overlooked during negotiations.

Both the tourism and creative industries are crucial for the UK economy, with tourism bringing in around £127 billion a year to the UK- 9% of GDP and eight of our top 10 in-bound tourist markets are other EU states, meaning that visitors may think twice about coming to the UK post-Brexit.

The Gross Value Added (GVA), of the UK Creative Industries was provisionally estimated at £912.8 billion in 2016, and compromises an estimated 3.04m jobs. Furthermore, this industry helps contribute to local economy like the Edinburgh International Festival that welcomes almost 2 million international visitors spending £822 million a year, if this industry begins to fail or shrink then many local areas will begin to suffer. 

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce works closely with Visit Herefordshire and Visit Worcestershire, the official destination organisations for the two counties. If you are a business and want to discuss how you can be more involved with these organisations please don’t hesitate to contact Andy Black – Tourism Officer Herefordshire ( or Emma Wheeler – Tourism Officer Worcestershire (

On Tuesday 17 April, the House of Commons saw a debate on the effect of the UK leaving the EU on tourism and the creative industries. This covered issues from difficulties tourists could face if travelling across Europe to and from the UK, the impact workers from the EU that work in these two sectors could cause a big problem, how exchange rates could also affect the two sectors and how festivals and other big tourism events in the UK could see musicians, artists and many others who used to tour Europe freely with no issues may decide to go elsewhere.  

To read the debate in full click here