APPG – All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Visitor Economy

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Visitor Economy (APPG) aims to enhance the local economy by promoting measures and incentives, including a reduction of VAT on tourism, which would increase visitor numbers and investment in all parts of Britain and Northern Ireland.

The APPG is co-chaired by Margaret Ritchie MP & Steve Double MP and is supported by the BHA.

Margaret Ritchie MP, said: “The tourism industry is central to many sectors of the economy in Britain and Northern Ireland - in fact in some it can be the catalyst for economic growth and job creation. It provides enormous potential for growth and productivity.

“The APPG will focus on how we can enhance the UK's local economy by discussing measures and incentives such as a reduction in tourism VAT.  We have a real opportunity to boost tourism, and with the APPG's Cross Party support, I have renewed confidence that our voice can be heard across Parliament, in the Treasury and in wider Government circles.”

Officers of the APPG

Officers of the APPG make decisions about the APPG’s meetings and topics. They are elected by the other members of the APPG at the Annual General Meeting.

Co-Chairs: Margaret Ritchie MP (SDLP), Steve Double MP (Conservative)
Vice Chairs: Albert Owen MP (Labour), Dr Philippa Whitford (Scottish Nationalist Party), Mark Williams (Liberal Democrat), Caroline Lucas (Green), Sammy Wilson (DUP), Danny Kinahan (UUP), Hywel Williams MP (Plaid Cymru)

Meeting Minutes

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Visitor Economy is co-chaired by Margaret Ritchie and Steve Double MP. The Oral Evidence Session provided an opportunity for APPG members to question three leading organisations on issues facing the hospitality industry including; recruiting skilled employees, how to change the negative perception of the sector, skills development and the impact of the forthcoming Apprenticeship levy.

Read the minutes from APPG meeting - 17 January 2017

Read the minutes from APPG meeting - 29 November 2016

Read the summary of Apprenticeship Report Launch - 23 November 2016

View the full APPG for Visitor Economy Report on Supporting skills and apprenticeships report

Read the minutes from APPG meeting - 31 October 2016

Read the minutes from APPG meeting - 13 September 2016

Read the minutes from APPG meeting - 22 March 2016

Read the minutes from Oral Evidence Session - 27 January 2016

Read the minutes from APPG meeting - 22 October 2015

Read the minutes from the AGM (PDF) - 7 July 2015

 

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