Jane Dodds and Kirsty Williams AM - Brecon and Radnorshire's Liberal Democrat team - have called on the Conservative UK Government to abandon possible plans that could put local small tourism businesses at risk.
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 UK Government is consulting on scrapping some of those exemptions, including hotel bookings.
There has been concern from within 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.
Jane and Kirsty have stressed the importance of tourism to Brecon and Radnorshire in their joint response to the UK Government consultation, calling for the concerns of the tourism sector to 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.”
Kirsty Williams, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for Brecon and Radnorshire, added:
“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.”