Travel firms expect recruitment to get tougher post-Brexit
Many travel companies expect to find it harder to recruit staff from overseas after Brexit, according to a new survey.
Just over 40 per cent of all UK travel businesses that currently employ foreign workers think that Britain's decision to leave the European Union will have a negative effect on their ability to fill new travel jobs.
The stats form part of the World Travel Market London 2017 Industry Report, which also found that 53 per cent of all travel professionals believe Brexit has already had a negative effect on how the UK is seen as a holiday destination, while 55 per cent think the decision will have a negative impact on their business and 16 per cent believe they will need to increase their prices as a result.
Speaking about the report, which quizzed 1,622 travel professionals from across the globe, World Travel Market London's Paul Nelson said: "Brexit is already having a profound impact on the travel industry – the fall in sterling since the referendum has been one very visible consequence, but the ramifications of the vote go much deeper.
"Research reveals how UK companies are now finding it increasingly difficult to recruit and retain skilled and valuable European Union employees, and there is a great deal of uncertainty about the freedom of movement for workers in the future."
Separate research from the World Travel Market London found that 83 per cent of British holiday goers said that Brexit has not had any impact on their travel plans for this year, but 74 per cent are worried about how it might affect their holidays in coming years, with many having concerns about a potential rise in costs.
Finally, the vast majority (81 per cent) of Brits said they had not felt unpopular when they holidayed abroad this year, however 11 per cent said they had.
By Owen Mckeon