The UK’s political situation immediately post-election, with Theresa May seeking DUP support for her minority Conservative government, could have impact within the travel industry.

Tourism merited no mentions in the Conservative manifesto, but is a big economic driver in Northern Ireland where the DUP’s manifesto listed “making tourism a £1 billion industry” as one of its pillars for improving Northern Ireland’s economy. Two specific policies may be sticking points for the Conservatives: the abolition of Air Passenger Duty, also supported by ABTA, and a cut in the VAT rate for tourism, both of which make businesses less competitive than their equivalents in the Republic of Ireland.

In addition, now that the government is considerably weakened the hard Brexit previously promised may be harder to achieve, which will also have an impact on the tourism industry.

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