I would take anything coming from Brexiteers on this front with a pinch of salt; the UK relies a lot more on EU tourism than the other way round.
The UK is more reliant on tourists from Spain and Greece than they are for UK citizens taking vacations there.
Wow I never knew that.
You’re being too modest. You probably knew that. More likely a case of comprehension or cognitive malfunction.
Re-read what you quoted. It says: “the UK relies a lot more on EU tourism than the other way round”.
Here’s the basis for that:
UK tourism in 2018: 37.9 million
EU tourism to the UK in 2018: 23 millionhttps://www.visitbritain.org/nation-region-county-data
That’s what...60%+ of the UK’s tourism originating in the EU?
By contrast, only 18 million of Spain’s 80 million + tourists are British. That’s less than 25%. And that’s for Spain alone.
The Greece data is more dated (i.e. 2015), but UK visitors come up at less than 10% there.
Probably explains Greece’s decision to keep UK visitors out even after the UK dropped the 14 day quarantine as part of the safe air bridges program. Seems they’re not particularly fussed about the UK visitors they’re missing. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... ement.html
But that’s all by the by. The point is that the EU and the UK - and not Spain and Greece - will set entry requirements. If the UK makes it a nuisance for EU visitors to visit, EU folk have a lot of similarly priced/accessible areas to visit with no border checks.
The UK losing a chunk of EU tourism on the other hand...
Or maybe you didn’t really know that, and we can add it to the (long) list of things that Brexiteers thought they knew, but really didn’t know. Like our favorite UK couple - the newly minted twitter stars in the thread above.