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Impacts on the UK tourism industry from COVID-19 (Coronavirus) examined

14 May 2020

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee hears evidence from leaders across the UK tourism industry on how their sector has been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.


Tuesday 19 May 2020, this session will have remote participation by witnesses and Committee members

At 9.30am

  • Patricia Yates, Acting Chief Executive Officer, VisitBritain/VisitEngland
  • Bernard Donoghue, Director, Association of Leading Visitor Attractions
  • Samantha Richardson, Director, National Coastal Tourism Academy

At 10.30am

  • Hilary McGrady, Director-General, National Trust
  • Ros Pritchard OBE, Director General, British Holiday and Home Park Association

Purpose of the session

The session will explore the financial impact of the lockdown restrictions imposed in the UK, how the sector can recover, how visitor attractions will gain the trust of consumers in terms of safety arrangements as well as the way in which the sector has diversified during this period.

The Committee will also consider the impact of any increase in demand facing UK holiday destinations, such as the coast or caravan and camp sites, should more restrictions be lifted and people encouraged to go on holiday in the UK.

Further information

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