Board Agrees Priorities
The Board Workshop was attended by senior representatives of over 20 leading organisations from around the UK, including retailers, property owners and tourism bodies., Over two hours they shared their unique perspectives on how to promote the interests of the international retail sector going forward.
Andrew Brown, Regional Director for Europe and Oceania at the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) set the scene for us with insight into the WTTC’s views on the likely development of international travel and tourism post-Covid-19.
The group then discussed five key policy priorities:
- Restoring tax free shopping
- Simplifying the visitor visa application system
- Extending Sunday trading hours in International Centres
- Marketing to attract international shoppers
- The environmental impact of international retail.
The focus of our efforts for the next couple of years will be the Tax-Free shopping and visa programmes. On other issues such as Sunday trading, the environment and marketing, AIR will play a supporting role alongside our industry partners.
We would like to thank our speakers, who gave up their time to introduce key topics, as well as our other attendees, for their willingness to openly share their views and for their continued support for AIR.
To watch some of the highlights from the Workshop, please click here.