Hospitality and tourism businesses must be connected to help build ‘successful and responsible growth’ according to the organisers of this year’s British Hospitality Association’s (BHA) Hospitality and Tourism Summit.
The British Hospitality Association has said a new strategy is needed to realise the job and wealth-creating potential of the UK hotel industry as the Government continues to talk up but not listen to the sector.
The perfect storm of the financial crisis, high rates of VAT and planning delays took its toll on the hotel sector in 2011, with 36 per cent fewer hotel rooms opening than predicted at the start of the year.
With the year ahead packed full of iconic, once-in-a-lifetime events including the London 2012 Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, VisitBritain has received a welcome injection of £27m funding to help promote the UK.
The hospitality industry now accounts for eight per cent of the nation’s jobs, offering a financial clout strong enough to help re-balance the economy, according to a report from the British Hospitality Association (BHA).
Tourism Minister John Penrose has told members of the hospitality industry to talk to their new local tourist boards about their businesses to ensure they benefit fully when tourists visit the area they are in.
A new report on the state of British hospitality has found that the sector has survived the recession with less damage than predicted, although some lasting impacts have considerably altered the face of the industry