Language schools for international students are “devastated” by the combination of post-Brexit red tape and influence of pandemic threatening future of a £3.2bn industry, tourism leaders warn.
The Travel Alliance report states that although government canceled Covid movement measures, ministers imposed unnecessary restrictions on children from France, Germany and other EU countries.
It caused a collapse in school group bookings and approximately 80% drop in the industry’s revenue this year, threatening 40,000 jobs, the Tourism Alliance said.
Until 2021, more more than 1.5 million children came to the UK each year study English or on organized school trips, bookkeeping for about 11% of total annual tourism earnings.
Pre-Brexit groups of children could travel using personality cards by the list of Traveler chart.
Now every child must have a passport, and children with non-EU passports, including refugees, also need visa £95. Schools choose Ireland or Malta for English language travel or no travel at all.
Kurt Janson, director of The Tourism Alliance said the passport requirement has a “devastating effect on on a large number of of small businesses and local communities.
“Collapse in school group market is not required, since schoolchildren do not represent a safety risk will not disappear in black economy and start minibus driving and parents who let them children go on school trips are usually pretty exciting for their teachers to bring them back home.
“It’s an obvious situation where government needs to set towards your dogma on passports and work with industry to find a practical solution.”
Many language schools are concentrated in seaside cities on South coast of England. In Hastings Council says only seven of its 20 language schools and tour operators confirmed that they still work.
One of them is Senlac Tours, which usually brings about 15,000 people. children mostly from Berlin, to Hastings each year. They stay with local families, learn English and visit British cultural centers.
“We haven’t had any bands since March 2020,” said Nicole Taggeb, executive director manager. Many employees were laid off.
“If it weren’t for our boss put money aside, sell her home sale office and supporting company like what we may not have survived,” she said. “We just hoping to get back somewhat of turnover.
“First we had Brexit, then Covid, and now war. in Ukraine is another nail.”
firms first group since Covid is due arrive from Germany to coach this month. Covid restrictions in European countries do things more complicated, but the passport requirement puts off many parents.
“It costs about 450 euros per child,” Taggeb said. “Now it will be another 100 euros.” Many don’t even think about traveling. more – not all Germans have passports and about 15% of pupils in Germany are citizens of Other countries.
About 22% of workplaces in The city – 7,030 people – is supported by tourism, according to Hastings City Council.
“We are thinking language schools worth £35 million local economy”said Kevin Burman, Marketing Specialist for the Council. manager.
“People elsewhere don’t understand that Hastings is the poorest city in the world. in southeast of England. Loss of students influence on the whole city. We know Hastings is improving and the tourism industry is providing entry level jobs. Lose language students is a strong blow to every generation.”
Juan Japes, membership director of english UK, trade body for language schools, said 15% of members are permanently closed. “There are another 15% who are not sure if they will see out in year,” he said. “We could see a 30 percent loss across the country.”