Brexit and its repercussions is all over the news after last Thursday’s decision by UK voters to leave the EU behind and go it alone. But what can a traveler to much-loved London and other British destinations now expect?
Well, Brexit could take an indirect toll on tourism via the number of difficulties that might arise including long waiting hours at the airport as now holidaymakers will most likely have to join other international travelers in a single queue at passport control. Cheaper airfares won’t be as easy to come across, new travel taxes may creep up, roaming charges may hit your phones, tougher visa regulations may take effect and fluctuating exchange rates may provide less spending power.
To make matter worse, thousands of jobs in tourism in the UK and in countries hosting British vacationers, such as Greece, may be lost. In the meantime, UK travelers may just have to drop Greece — among their favorite holiday spots — if their buying power decreases. As a direct result, Greek professionals will have to cut their prices while more and more local taxes take a bite out of their earnings.
According to the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA), however, “the risks and uncertainties associated with the UK leaving the EU, both economic and regulatory, outweigh any potential upsides for travelers or travel businesses”.
For a Q&A on travel to the UK press here.