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With the countdown on for the EU referendum a survey thinks an exit would harm the UK travel industry.


A recent poll found that 54.08% were in favour of staying in the EU and 45.92% want to leave.

The survey canvassed the opinion of 8,000 of its members in the UK, Italy, France, Spain, Germany, the US and Canada. 

The vote reflected the mood of the rest of the country.

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Major travel companies, including TUI that owns the UK's largest ski operator Crystal Ski, are backing the Remain campaign.

"Businesses like TUI with a strong foothold and more than five million holidaymakers per annum in the UK will benefit from Britain keeping its close ties with the EU. The tourism industry in the UK and millions of British holidaymakers also strongly benefit from the common European market and the UK being part of it," said TUI in a statement.

See here for a full report on PlanetSKI as we canvassed opinion in the UK snowsports industry.

But what about tourists coming to the UK?

This week Travelzoo claimed Brexit could cost the UK's tourism industry as much as £4.1 billion a year in lost tourist spending.

The survey has revealed that around a third of Italian, Spanish and German travellers would be less likely to travel to the UK if it left the EU.

Their sentiments are also echoed across from Americans and Canadians.

Four in 10 Europeans are also concerned that Brexit will make UK holidays more expensive.

"Our neighbours in Europe clearly don't want the UK to leave the EU, and the impact of this sentiment could translate into a significant drop in bookings to the UK from the largest European countries," said the Travelzoo UK managing director, Joel Brandon-Bravo.

"When combined with a potential loss of more than 10 per cent of visitors from North America, as indicated in our research, it's clear that Brexit could be very bad news for the UK's domestic tourism industry. Similarly, UK consumers looking to travel abroad also have concerns about Brexit impacting the outbound tourism industry," he added.

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