The welcome given to international business travellers at Britain’s borders should be improved, a new report has claimed.
According to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Events, the way in which Britain welcomes those from overseas is in need of a huge overhaul, businessvisitsandeventspartnership.com reports.
The report’s starting point came from a recent UNESCO tourism report, which placed Britain 136th out of 139 countries for the welcoming nature of its entry process. This appalling statistic prompted the 23 MPs to call for an overhaul of the entire system in order to provide a much warmer welcome.
It added, however, that this needn’t come from throwing huge investment into border control, but instead for the government to provide much more practical help in order to elevate Britain beyond 136th place.
Among the suggestions put forward was that of cutting red tape for international business travellers, in a bid to separate them from holidaymakers or asylum seekers and therefore make their entry a much quicker process.
Commenting on Britain’s 136th placement, MP Nick de Bois, who was part of the parliamentary group, told meetpie.com: “That, frankly, is extraordinary and is not good enough.
“If event visas have been authorised for the Commonwealth Games then let’s extend them for trade shows and other events.”