The British Association of Leisure Parks Piers and Attractions has called on the government to properly address the regulatory impact of Brexit on the leisure industry, stating it will engage with legislative discussions if progress can be proven.
BALPPA’s CEO Paul Kelly told Coinslot that the association will be more than willing to discuss the future of UK leisure outside of the EU, however, experience has demonstrated that inaction on the government’s side undermines the industry’s advancement. “When Brexit first loomed, we spent a lot of time as an industry trying to work out how we would be affected,” said Kelly. “As the months turned to years we stopped focusing on what hasn’t been done and worked on the practical day to day operations of our attractions.”
“When Brexit first loomed, we spent a lot of time as an industry trying to work out how we would be affected,”
“I think we are still in that mode as the general trust in politics and politicians is at an all time low. If they can prove that they are getting something done and wish to engage during that process, we will be more than willing to discuss freedom of movement, visas and other leisure related regulations with them again.”
Though Brexit is set for the end of this month, the details of the transition period – and its effect on all aspects of British industry – are yet to be understood.
That said, it is an industry that is riding the wave of domestic support as the positive effect of staycations and domestic tourism have benefitted the UK’s leisure industry in the immediate aftermath of the referendum, staffing and supply issues may still prove costly to the tourism industry as a whole. But, staycations only paper over the cracks, it’s being argued, the need for clarity remains a priority for the longer term .