Who is the British Hospitality Association?

The BHA is the leading agenda-setter and members organisation for the hospitality and tourism industry. Our role is to promote the interests of operators, brands and owners across hotels, restaurants and food service, serviced apartments, clubs and visitor attractions. The BHA shapes the future of hospitality and tourism as a driver for international competitiveness, economic growth and valuable careers – to ensure British hospitality and tourism is the best in the world.

The BHA represents over 46,000 hotels, restaurants, clubs, food service, attractions, serviced apartments and leisure companies. As the ‘hub’ for Hospitality and Tourism, the BHA’s thought leadership, market know-how, intelligence and expertise, deliver a powerful voice to government, as well as reliable advice, valuable connections and strategic support to business. Our purpose is to work with government to ensure the right business environment in which Hospitality and Tourism can thrive. Our key measure of success is the creation of 300,000 new Hospitality and Tourism jobs in the UK by 2020.

Our History

  • 1907: BHA is born, originally called the Incorporated Hotel Keepers Association
  • 1910: Incorporated
  • 1920: Merges with the Incorporated Association of Hotels and Restaurants, and takes on the new name
  • 1926: Changes name to the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Great Britain
  • 1948: Becomes the British Hotel and Restaurants Association
  • 1971: Merges with the Caterers Association and becomes British Hotels, Restaurant and Caterers’ Association of Great Britain
  • 1992: Re-named the British Hospitality Association
  • 2003: The Restaurant Association of Great Britain merges with the BHA. It retains its own identity as a trading division of the BHA

Our core campaigns

Our agenda is clear. We have four core campaigns:

1. Inspiring the next generation with The Big Hospitality Conversation
The creation of 300,000 new jobs in our industry by 2020 and 60,000 job opportunities for young people aged 16-24.

2. Facilitating access
Asking the government to improve the process, the
cost and the perception of visa access to the UK

3. Driving competitiveness
To be more competitive with the lower tourism VAT
regimes in Europe

4. Responsible hospitality
Helping our community to achieve new standards
in waste reduction, healthy and trusted food and
advising the government on how to reduce red tape
which costs money and slows down our businesses