The British Hospitality Association says reports of ‘astonishing numbers of tourists coming to the UK, in particular London’ is testament to the Olympic legacy which showcased British hospitality and culture to its best advantage. Responding to a new Barclays survey which today predicts that “overall spending by UK domestic tourists, including shopping, will surge by 25% to more than £108 billion by 2017....with as much as 16.2% of this total spending in London,” the BHA said the survey announcement is timely, coinciding with the half terms holidays.
Ufi Ibrahim, CEO of the British Hospitality Association said: “The Olympic legacy lives on and these predictions show us that in spite of the recession of the previous years, the hospitality and tourism industry has beaten all the odds and goes from strength to strength. Ours is a UK-wide people driven industry, but since 10% of Londoners work in hospitality tourism it’s reassuring that the Capital is predicted to see an astonishing spending surge from domestic tourists. Our priority over the coming months should be to capitalise on the feel good factor, spreading the positivity across the UK regions. The Barclays survey proves that our industry has the talent, capability and incentive to weather the storm and create a strong and vibrant future for the UK.”
The survey results come just two weeks before the Hospitality & Tourism Summit on June 5th 2014, where leading UK industry and international hospitality bosses will gather in the Capital to further shape the debate for the future of hospitality and tourism.