UKinbound members’ confidence was at a record high ahead of their convention in Plymouth, with around two-thirds seeing an increase in visitor numbers and bookings and 82% “confident about bookings” for the next year.

But uncertainty about the UK’s future relations with the EU post-Brexit vote appeared a major concern around the fall in sterling, which creates short-term opportunities but will doubtless see a rise in costs longer-term.

Discussion focused on making both overseas visitors and staff feel welcome in the UK. However there was optimism from China around future bookings, and mention was made of a positive feeling about the UK “standing up for itself”.

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