Friday 24 June 2016
From : Alan Glen, President - SPAA
KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON!
Well the votes are in and we are out of the European Union - or certainly on the way out......
Mr Cameron has fallen on his sword, but I applaud his decision to stay until October because what we really need now is stability.
The currency markets have reacted swiftly and already rebounded somewhat - whether that is temporary or the strength of Sterling will decline further is outwith our control. The single biggest immediate effect on holidays is currency - or the strength of the pound in the pocket for spending money (be that for food, drink or accommodation).
So, for the Scottish holidaymaker travelling abroad, this probably couldn't have happened at a worse time, with the school holidays starting shortly.
What does it mean for the UK Travel industry in general? That really remains to be seen - we are highly regulated in so many ways by the EU and Brussels (EU Package directives / Airline Regulation 261 etc) it will take some time before we know what will be adopted, rejected or replaced by our own directives and laws.
The wheels are in motion, but my advice is 'Keep Calm and Carry On' as this has a long way to run and to be honest, we have probably faced worse challenges over the years and survived.
As always, the SPAA will play its part in keeping the channels of communication open and putting the case forward for the Scottish Travel Industry, be that in Holyrood or Westminster - when it comes to the big issues that have yet to be decided.
We need our voice to be heard - now more than ever!
President - SPAA