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Inbound tourist numbers rise

The number of holiday visitors to the UK from abroad in March 2017 rose by 23% year on year, according to the British Hospitality Association’s Travel Monitor. The increase was driven by 43% growth in passengers from North America while passenger growth from Europe was more subdued, rising by 4%. Spending by overseas visitors increased… Read more »

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Hospitality industry response to Conservative party manifesto

The Conservative party has today published its manifesto. Responding, UFi Ibrahim, Chief Executive of the British Hospitality Association said: “The BHA has been campaigning for several months for an enlarged role of the Migration Advisory Committee and welcome the proposal that the MAC would advise how the visa system can be become better aligned with the… Read more »

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BHA calls for phasing of immigration curbs

A ten-year phased approach to reducing immigration from the EU, to allow time for the recruitment of UK workers, is a key plank of a ‘manifesto’ sent to the major political parties by the British Hospitality Association, the leading tourism trade body. The BHA, representing the UK’s fourth largest industry employing more than 4.5 million… Read more »

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Good ‘gluten free’ info is good for business

A new survey finds 25% of people on a gluten free diet were served foods containing gluten when eating out. The Food Standards Agency is backing a campaign by Coeliac UK launching 8 May 2017 to highlight what businesses can do to keep their customers safe – and increase loyalty. Coeliac UK estimate British food… Read more »

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BHA responds to news of the Mayor’s new London Food Board

BHA Chief Executive Ufi Ibrahim is one of the new members of the London Food Board and will serve a four-year term until 2020. Responding to the announcement of the new London Food Board Ufi Ibrahim, Chief Executive of the British Hospitality Association, said: “The hospitality industry serves more than 8.3 billion meals each year… Read more »

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BHA responds to EFRA food waste report

EFRA Select Committee has published a report  on food waste. In it, it recommends that, “a large proportion of unnecessary waste in the hospitality sector is the result of large portion sizes and resulting waste left on customers’ plates. The incoming Government must work with the hospitality sector to encourage it to examine ways of… Read more »

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Ed Balls announced as Summit keynote speaker

Ed Balls will be the keynote speaker at the hospitality and tourism industry’s expanded annual summit which is being held on June 6, just two days before the general election. Politician – and Strictly dancer – Ed will give delegates his unique insight into what is a historic election campaign. The political scene will be… Read more »