Here’s what we’ll be doing on your behalf in 2015

Ufi Ibrahim Chief Executive of  the British Hospitality Association

Ufi Ibrahim Chief Executive of the British Hospitality Association

2015 is an election year and we need to make sure that the economic and social importance of the hospitality and tourism sector is understood by all political parties; and that our issues are on their agenda for the future. The causes which matter most to the hospitality and tourism community are the backbone of our work.

Here’s what we’ll be doing on your behalf in 2015:

  • ​The development of a robust skills agenda to ensure this industry is able to attract the right people to achieve our growth potential
  • The need for enlightened employment legislation that does not jeopardise industry growth/ jobs
  • Price competitiveness. UK VAT at 20% means we are not operating on a level playing field with the rest of the world. Join the Cut Tourism VAT Campaign, which asks government to make the UK more competitive in Europe with a lower tourism tax
  • The UK is failing to gain our fair share of business and holiday visitors from new markets like China and Russia and visa policies need to continue to be improved
  • Managing our industry’s reputation on food sourcing, security and health matters
  • The need for a more efficient planning process, which encourages rather than restricts further development

The tourism and hospitality industry has huge amounts of potential, already employing 1 in 10 of the UK workforce and it has been predicted that the sector will grow at an annual rate of almost 4% over the next 10 years, significantly faster than forecasts for the UK economy as a whole and much faster than sectors such as manufacturing, construction and retail. The British Hospitality Association is very proud to be the voice of the hospitality & tourism industry in the UK.

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