We have surveyed 145 businesses who are involved in bringing school groups to the UK. The results show that the UK is significantly lagging behind the EU in terms of recovery of that market due to the requirement for all school kids to have a passport to enter the UK/
Between 2019 and 2022 the number of school children the business surveyed brought to the UK from the EU declined by 81%.
Over the same period the figure for school children going to the EU declined by only 53%, likely as a result of issues around Covid.
Recovery from these figures is starkly different between the EU and UK.
The surveyed businesses expect to recover their school group trips to the EU to 108% of 2019 figures in 2023.
In contrast, the businesses expect to recover their UK school trips to only 61% of 2019 figures this year
74% said that the passport requirements were an ‘extremely important’ barrier.