Speaking at the Phocuswright Europe conference, Abta chief executive Mark Tanzer discussed the likely impact of Brexit on the UK travel sector if a deal can be reached by the October deadline.

He said that one benefit of Brexit is that it has made the UK government more aware of the value of tourism, and that while there might be some “short-term disruption and adjustments” and delays at borders, he believes it is in everyone’s interest to find an accommodation that will minimise the impact.

At the same event, however, Gloria Guevara Manzo, president and chief executive of the World Travel and Tourism Council, quoted IMF figures suggesting UK GDP growth could be put into the negative by up to 7%, while up to 700,000 jobs in the travel sector in both the UK and Europe could be lost.

Jim Cathcart, director of policy and regulation at UKHospitality, said the biggest concern for the sector concerns overseas workers’ rights and future recruitment.

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