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by Lisa A. Grimaldi | June 24, 2016
Following the United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union, two key tourism organizations have issued statements. The World Travel & Tourism Council's release emphasizes that "travel to, from and within the EU and U.K. will not be affected in the short term. The process set out by the Lisbon Treaty allows for a two-year period of negotiation once the U.K. formally states its intention to leave the EU, and this period could even be extended by agreement of all the parties. During this period the legislation around Travel & Tourism will remain unchanged."

David Scowsill, WTTC president & CEO, said: "We are entering a period of market uncertainty that will undoubtedly put pressure on the travel and tourism businesses. However, we know that our sector is resilient, and we expect business and leisure travel to hold up in the face of these challenges."

London & Partners, the destination marketing organization that represents England's capital and is part of the mayor's office, posted a direct note from Mayor Sadiq Khan: "I want to send a clear message to the British people and to businesses and investors around the world this morning - there is no need to panic. I still believe that our country is better off within the European Union, but there is no doubt that London will continue to be the successful city it is today. Our city and our country will continue to be the best place in the world to do business. And we will continue to look outwards and trade and engage with the entire world, including the European Union."