CEO Paul Barnes’ letter to The Times on tax-free shopping

Paul Barnes The decision to end tax-free shopping was based on incomplete and inaccurate Treasury forecasts in 2020 that were never certified by the Office for Budget Responsibility and have now been proven wrong by all the data since international travel returned in 2022. [Full letter]

AIR’s response to the 2024 GE results

Association of International Retail stands ready to work with the new Government and Parliament. The international visitor economy is the 3rd largest export sector in the UK. Our global leading shopping offers and experience continues to draw international visitors to our high streets and city centres, and, particularly, stimulate spending. The sector contributes £80bn to the UK economy, supporting 1.5 … Read More