The SPAA will discussed the possible impact of Brexit on tourism jobs at a round table with MSPs last week and raised concerns over the lack of clarity for potential changes for passengers once Britain leaves the EU.
The organisation told MSPs that outbound tourism supports around 26,000 jobs in Scotland and that the industry is facing huge levels of uncertainty over how it will operate in a post-Brexit landscape.
Ken McLeod, president of the SPAA, says “ABTA research shows that outbound tourism sustains more than 26,400 jobs in Scotland, with a further 169,000 supported indirectly. Outbound tourism is worth £1,446m every year to the Scottish economy. It’s estimated that around 75% of outbound travel by UK residents last year was within the EU – a figure up by around 10% on 2015 – representing more than 53m journeys. The EU is the single largest destination market for the UK in aviation terms. We are very grateful for the opportunity to discuss this with MSPs, and hope that going forward we can work together to ensure travel to and from Scotland can continue to make a substantial contribution to the Scottish economy.”
Other topics under discussion included possible changes to consumer protection post-Brexit, Air Passenger Duty and Air Departure Tax, and how leaving the EU could impact on Scotland’s incoming business travel and leisure tourism sector.