According to BITOA
, the Home Office is blocking Approved Destination Status (ADS) for China and refuses to join the EU-backed Schengen Agreement whose members have already agreed ADS for China.
Stephen Dowd, chief executive of BITOA
, said: "We have told the hotel management our observations and asked if they will take them on board.
chief executive Richard Tobias said he was expecting many foreign tourists to visit the UK over Easter - come rain or shine.
Having met with the Tourism Management Institute, BITOA
(British Incoming Tour Operators Association), the DCMS (Department of Culture, Media and Sport), the BTA (British Tourist Authority) and the Bankside Marketing Group over the last few weeks he is aware that the foot and mouth crisis may re-create the impact of the Gulf War on the British travel trade.
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