Action plan set out to help economy recover from virus’ impact
As retailers across the UK have seen a drop in Chinese visitors as a result of the covid-19 crisis, a new association called Association of International Retail (AIR) has unveiled an action plan to help the international retail sector recover economically once the virus has been contained.
AIR is made up of a collection of retailers, retail districts, property owners, hotels and tourism bodies, whose aim is to provide an authoritative voice to mobilise government and businesses, and work to ensure the international retail sector r maximises its huge potential for growth.
The group’s plan proposes to enhance the complicated visa application system and send a clear message that Britain is open for international visitors.
In addition, it aims to digitalise the tax-free shopping system, reduce queues at airport entry and improve the shopping experience through multiple language and payment systems.
Jace Tyrrell, chair of The Association of International Retail commented: “In forming AIR we are bringing together businesses from across the international retail sector in an entirely new and innovative way. Our opportunity is great – to grow our contribution to the economy further – and so is our responsibility, as we work to ensure retailers recover economically from a slow start to 2020.”