New plans could hurt tourism, warn local Liberal Democrats

Kirsty Williams and Jane Dodds have called on the Conservative Government to address concern over possible plans that could risk small businesses in tourism struggling to cope with an increase in late cancellations.

Currently, a range of tourism products are among those exempt from the 14 day ‘cooling off period’ – the right to return goods or cancel services. The Westminster Government is gathering further views on the appropriateness of certain exemptions, including “hotel bookings”.

There has been concern from representatives in the tourism sector that removing this exemption could lead to an increase in cancellations, particularly with late bookings, and could leave small businesses out of pocket.

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has issued a call for evidence on the Consumer Contract Regulations Review, which is where the plans are outlined.

Kirsty and Jane have submitted a joint response which stresses the importance of tourism to Brecon and Radnorshire, calling for the concerns of the tourism sector to be addressed.

Kirsty Williams, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for Brecon and Radnorshire, said:

“I have heard concern from local tourism representatives that removing these services from the list of exemptions would be detrimental to small businesses working in this sector.

“In particular, there are fears that it could lead to an increase in late cancellations which are so difficult for small businesses to manage. These concerns must be listened to and they must be addressed.”

Jane Dodds, Welsh Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for Brecon and Radnorshire, said:

“Tourism is vital to local economies across Brecon and Radnorshire. People come from across the UK to see beautiful scenery and attend events like the Royal Welsh Show and the Hay Festival, in turn creating opportunities in local communities.

“We need to ensure tourism in Brecon and Radnorshire is given the chance to thrive, but the plans from the Conservatives risk hurting this crucial sector.”

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