With the current political landscape somewhat uncertain, BETA has been committed in its efforts to ensure that our members are kept abreast of the many governmental updates, white papers and 'no-deal' guidance documents that have been circulating.
Emma English, executive director, BETA, said, “Behind the scenes at BETA we have been working hard this year to ensure that our sector is properly represented within all relevant, groups and departments, whether this is part of a travel and tourism agenda, or with an international education agenda.”
BETA is dedicated to raising the profile of the youth, student and educational travel sector, to and from the UK and to ensuring that our members benefit from better access, improved consultation and a thriving business environment. Our latest statistics report follows on from our comprehensive study entitled ‘Unlocking the Value of Youth Travel’ which was published in 2017. For the first time, BETA is able to look at the result year on year and compare growth within the sector. Whilst the report shows an increase in spend and number of arrivals, its pace remains slower than that of our global competitors.
Overall 15,2 million youth travellers visited the UK to work, study or tour in 2017, an increase of three percent contributing GPB30,8 billion to the UK economy.
Our industry supports GPB302,000 plus jobs in the UK alone and is able to deliver long-term benefits to the UK, but we need better support, a global marketing campaign to attract these valuable travellers, a revised and welcoming visa system and joined up thinking from the top down to ensure that we are able to compete on a global scale. The latest report is available freely to BETA members.